Schools rule will 'tear village apart'

ANGRY parents fear the Eye community will be torn in two because their children can no longer go to the same school. Children living in Eye, near Peterborough, have traditionally been educated at Arthur Mellows Village College in nearby Glinton.

ANGRY parents fear the Eye community will be torn in two because their children can no longer go to the same school.

Children living in Eye, near Peterborough, have traditionally been educated at Arthur Mellows Village College in nearby Glinton.But with the opening of the 46 million Thomas Deacon Academy in September next year, catchment areas have been redrawn.

It means that almost half of the 43 Year 6 pupils at Eye Primary School cannot attend Arthur Mellows, which is their first choice secondary school. Only pupils who have siblings already at the school will be considered for a place.

A group of parents and children met outside Eye Primary School to voice their concerns to The Evening Telegraph.

Eye resident Debbie Jackson said that sending children to different schools may create tension and rivalries.

She said: "Children from Eye are village children and should go to a village school, Arthur Mellows, and not an inner-city one in Peterborough."

Paul Jepson moved house from the centre of Peterborough to Eye so his 10-year-old daughter Megan could be educated at Arthur Mellows. Mr Jepson's home in Hodney Road is only metres away from the redrawn catchment area for Arthur Mellows.

The new catchment area ends at the A47, meaning that Paul's neighbours who live north of the Eye bypass can send their children to school in Glinton.

Paul said: "It's a bizarre situation which clearly was not thought out. It's bad news for our children. My neighbours can send their children to Glinton because they happen to live the other side of this line."

Tracey Robson, of Beaulieu Court, Eye, added: "I went to Arthur Mellows, so did my sister and brother. My eldest child has just finished at the school but my son still isn't allowed to go there.

"The school in Glinton was built for people who live in the surrounding villages. Eye is now being considered as part of the city and we don't want our children sent to an inner-city school."

Her son Jordan (10) said: "I want to go to the same school as my friends, Arthur Mellows."

Another pupil, Alex Gordon (10), said that the thought of starting at the Academy with 2,200 other pupils was scary.

He said: "I don't want to go there and have to make new friends. I already have good friends."

Cllr John Bartlett, who represents Eye and Thorney on Peterborough City Council, added: "The whole thing is a nightmare and mistakes have been made."

The council's director of children's services Mohammed Mehmet said: "The catchment area of the Thomas Deacon Academy is a matter for the academy.

"All parents have the right to express whatever preference they want when applying for places for their children at city secondary schools."

Article by: Jonny Muir, email:

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