Jed, 10, wins school appeal - COMMENT ON THIS STORY

A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy is celebrating after winning an appeal to go to the school of his choice.

Jed Owen, who suffers from dyslexia, was distraught when he was placed at Scalby School for the September term, despite listing Graham School as his first choice.

He was told it was because he lived too far away – but his next door neighbour WAS accepted.

The youngster's father, Keith, 56, of Tennyson Avenue, decided to appeal against the decision.

He pleaded his case in front of an independent panel earlier this month and was delighted when he received a letter saying it was a success.

He said: "I have heard that appeals are not often successful so it was fantastic news.

"In the letter it did not state why they had changed their minds but I am sure it must have had something to do with the distance we are away from the school.

"Jed is really pleased as well. He was so upset when he found out he was not going to Graham."

Mr Owen was sent a letter in March which explained Jed, who currently goes to Northstead School, had not been allocated a place at his first-choice school because other children had a higher priority under the admission criteria.

He said: "I spoke to the local authority about it and I was told it was because he lived too far away.

"When I got home I spoke to my next-door neighbour, whose son is best friends with Jed. He had been offered a place. I just could not believe it."

Mr Owen said the special education needs facilities at Graham School, which Jed will use to help his dyslexia, was the main reason why he thought the school was the right place for his son.

He said: "Out of all the schools we looked round, Graham impressed us the most. I knew it was the right place for Jed and he will get the education he needs there."

Graham School is Scarborough's largest secondary school, with a maximum new intake of 260 pupils. This year the school had to turn down 114 children due to it being heavily over-subscribed.

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