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Submitted by Janine on Wed, 04/05/2005 - 13:42

Aspland & Marcon Estates Tenants' & Residents' Association sent the following letter to Mossbourne Academy and to the Learning Trust

Refusal of places at Mossbourne Academy to residents of Aspland estate and Marcon Court

Several residents of our estates have reported to the Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (TRA) that their children have been refused places at Mossbourne Academy.

As individuals, they are pursuing appeals. As the representative body of this community, the TRA requests you to justify the school’s admissions procedures and to assure us that there is no discrimination against our residents.

We would like you to tell us how many residents of these two estates applied for places, and how many of those were successful. We are not asking for names or addresses, but for statistics. The addresses concerned will be: 1-59 Malpas Road, 21-41 Amhurst Road, 1-7 Poulton Close, 1-81 Marcon Court.

We would also be interested to see similar statistics for residents of Pembury estate.

Aspland estate and Marcon Court are only 500m from Mossbourne Academy. The Academy is a popular choice for our residents, because it is the nearest school, and is new, mixed boys/girls, and non-religious. We are concerned that children from local Council estates are being excluded from the quality education on offer, especially as we are aware of children from much further away being offered places.

I look forward to your reply.

Janine Booth
Aspland & Marcon Estates Tenants’ & Residents’ Association

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