Calls to solve "ridiculous" school situation in CharvilBy Jon Nurse
October 02, 2012
The debate for a new school in Charvil has reignited after seven children were allocated places at different primary schools.
Every morning the children, who live on a stretch of East Park Farm Drive, set off in their different uniforms to schools in Woodley, Twyford, Wargrave and Sonning.
One mum says the move to split the children between seven schools has left the estate lacking in community spirit.
Kirsten Foster’s four-year-old son Lucas started at Robert Piggott Infant School, in Wargrave, this month.
She said: “It wasn’t our first choice and it does seem like a great school, but I’m concerned my second boy Felix won’t get into the same school. I don’t know where we’re meant to go.”
She added: “There has to be a school in Charvil, especially if Colleton and Polehampton become a joint catchment in Twyford. I think it will become almost impossible to get a place in a Twyford school due to the radial distance.
“A school in Charvil would give the area a central focus. There isn’t much community spirit in our road as the children are scattered in many schools across the area.”
Two doors down, Jo Richards faces a similar concern.
She explained: “My son is at Rivermead and is out of catchment. I thought my daughter would be okay to get in there but now they have new houses by the school.
“How are you meant to work and put your children through different schools?
“My understanding is the estate was built but school places weren’t prepared for it. It’s just ridiculous.”
Wokingham Borough Council is considering building a school in Charvil that would be open by September 2013.
Mrs Richards added: “I don’t understand why they didn’t foresee this problem rather than have a panic situation to build a new school now.
“It sounds fantastic that a new school could be coming but what reputation will it have? Do you risk putting your child in that school?”
Brian Grady, the borough’s strategic commissioner for children, young people and families, said: “We are looking into the possibility of a satellite school, which would mean asking a current headteacher and governing body to take on the management of an additional site as a school expansion.”