Bettws mother writes to Queen over school places

Pictured at their home in Bettws is father Mark Davis with his daughter Maisey aged 4, who is still waiting for a school before term starts in September. (9207344)

Pictured at their home in Bettws is father Mark Davis with his daughter Maisey aged 4, who is still waiting for a school before term starts in September. (9207344)

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A NEWPORT mother-of-two has written to the Queen after she was unhappy with the school place her four-year-old daughter was given.

Kandice Murch from Bettws said she was signed off of work following from the stress of appealing to Newport Council over school admissions.

27-year-old Ms Murch appealed twice to the council after she was allocated Malpas Church School which she claimed she would be unable to get to every day.

The anxious mother has said her daughter Maisie has been in tears because she hasn’t been excited for starting school in September.

Ms Murch, who is also mother to one-year-old Jenson, said: “It’s horrendous to see your four year old’s behaviour change, she’s picked up on all the negativity. Time’s running out and it’s been ripping us apart.”

The home carer put just one choice of primary school on the application form, before submitting another school choice later in the year.

In March she was told she had been refused places at both Millbrook Primary School and Monnow Primary School, but had been allocated a place at a school in Malpas.

Ms Murch said: “Malpas is too far away to get to as my partner and I both need to work.”

Maisie’s father, Mark Davis, said: “It’s just been a nightmare since March, a completely negative school experience for our first born child. My daughter doesn’t know whether she’s coming or going and her future is more important than anything.”

Now Ms Murch has written to the local MP, councillor, Nick Clegg and the Queen, as well as launching a petition which has gathered more than 50 signatures.

Councillor Kevin Whitehead, for Bettws ward, said: “It seems a crazy situation whereby she lives so close to one school but her child has been allocated to another.

“I have never known someone to be so feisty, and fair play to her. Everybody wants the best for their children. But school placements have always been a hot potato.”

A council spokesperson said: “When applying for a school place, parents are invited to name up to three preferred schools, whether they are their catchment school or not.

“In cases where a place is not available at any of the preferred schools stated, a place will be offered at the catchment school if places are still available, or at the nearest school with places.”

Ms Murch is now set to remain on the waiting list for the two preferred schools in Bettws, with the hope a place will become available.

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7:41pm Wed 13 Aug 14

welsh_n_proud says...

I'm not sure why this is 'tearing you apart'. Yes I can see it's difficult for you, but she's not been diagnosed with a terminal illness nor is the no school place available to her at all. You need to get a bit of a grip, love.

As for 'picking up on all the negativity'....erm, that's no one's fault but your own. There is no reason why she should see or hear any of that, she's four for goodness sake! Just talk about it when she's in bed, and if she asks questions about September, you say that it's all very exciting and she'll make so many new friends etc etc and don't lay the burden of this situation on her.

That's called parenting.
I'm not sure why this is 'tearing you apart'. Yes I can see it's difficult for you, but she's not been diagnosed with a terminal illness nor is the no school place available to her at all. You need to get a bit of a grip, love. As for 'picking up on all the negativity'....erm, that's no one's fault but your own. There is no reason why she should see or hear any of that, she's four for goodness sake! Just talk about it when she's in bed, and if she asks questions about September, you say that it's all very exciting and she'll make so many new friends etc etc and don't lay the burden of this situation on her. That's called parenting. welsh_n_proud
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12:25am Sat 16 Aug 14

Davies1211 says...

Regardless if this child has an illness or not,how is this relevant? How can you comment saying these parents needs to get a grip!
They are not saying no school has been offered,if you read correctly the both parents WORK and their for it is not possible to take the child to school+collect.
Do you have your own children?
I have worked with children and regardless if something is discussed In front of a child or not they will ALWAYS pick up on how their loved ones are feeling "fact".
Oh as for you saying to tell the child things will be fine etc I would class that as betraying the child and lying to them!
How are these parents putting the burden of this situation on the child?
They are simply TRYING to do the best for their daughter,how do you think it makes them feel when people like you are putting harsh comments,
Maybe you no the family and can't bring yourself to say it to their face!
I think you need to get a grip personally. Have a nice evening 👍
Regardless if this child has an illness or not,how is this relevant? How can you comment saying these parents needs to get a grip! They are not saying no school has been offered,if you read correctly the both parents WORK and their for it is not possible to take the child to school+collect. Do you have your own children? I have worked with children and regardless if something is discussed In front of a child or not they will ALWAYS pick up on how their loved ones are feeling "fact". Oh as for you saying to tell the child things will be fine etc I would class that as betraying the child and lying to them! How are these parents putting the burden of this situation on the child? They are simply TRYING to do the best for their daughter,how do you think it makes them feel when people like you are putting harsh comments, Maybe you no the family and can't bring yourself to say it to their face! I think you need to get a grip personally. Have a nice evening 👍 Davies1211
  • Score: 4

6:59pm Sun 7 Sep 14

anom73 says...

I know this family and this father who cares so much about his daughter what about his older children who are nearing double figures the children that he doesn't pay for or see. Mark Davis doesn't care what those children feel without having a father around.
I know this family and this father who cares so much about his daughter what about his older children who are nearing double figures the children that he doesn't pay for or see. Mark Davis doesn't care what those children feel without having a father around. anom73
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