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Sunday January 13 2008

The children of Lingfield and Dormansland have been told that they can no longer go to Oxted School, but must instead attend Oakwood.  An eight minute train ride will be replaced by one in to Clapham Junction, and then out again, lasting over an hour.

“The council says that Oakwood is nearer, but that’s as the crow flies. There are no transport links to it. It makes no sense to trim the catchment in the south when children in the north have many more schools to choose from.

“Parents feel cheated. In the early 1970s, when there were discussions about building a new school for village children, the decision was taken instead to invest the £250,000, worth about £2.5 million today, in Oxted School. Parents were told then to regard Oxted as their community school. And we did.”

Which just goes to show that local councils are just as capable of being idiotic as central governments.  I suppose if you are a Surrey councillor, you can’t imagine anyone not having a car.

The answer to this kind of nonsense, and much other nonsense besides, is to allow pupils and schools to choose each other.