There is, as our residents are constantly telling us, a severe shortage of primary school places in North Swindon which has resulted in :-
- Families in Oakhurst having to send their children to Rodbourne Cheney as it is their nearest available primary school place
- Families living two minutes away from their local primary school being told that families half that distance away from the school could not get in this year
- Families being told that if they live more than a couple of hundred metres away from their local school they are too far away to be guaranteed a place
In light of this a Freedom of Information request was recently made to Swindon Borough Council for :
"Copies of correspondence received by Swindon Borough Councillors or Officers in support of or requesting either, additional primary places, or a new primary school in North Swindon for September 2011, 2012 or beyond . Please also provide the year groups to which these letters or emails refer."
The total input from our local councillors trying to obtain more primary school places for North Swindon was, according to SBC's own answer to the FOI -