Langham Primary School pupils lose appeal to go to first choice Catmose College

Julia Smith with her twin sons Josh and Dan Bland, both 10
Julia Smith with her twin sons Josh and Dan Bland, both 10

A mother says she has been overwhelmed by support after her twin sons lost an appeal to attend a secondary school.

Julia Smith and her husband Ian Bland, of Main Street, Market Overton, had hoped their sons Josh and Dan Bland, 10, would get a place at Catmose College in Oakham.

The boys, who currently attend Langham Primary School, had picked the secondary school as their first choice but were denied a place because the school was oversubscribed and the admission policy changed last year to give higher preference to pupils with siblings at the school.

Julia and Ian went through the appeals process but found out last week they had not been successful. The twins will now start at Casterton Business and Enterprise College in September.

Julia said the twins had been initially disappointed not to get a place at Catmose but had since attended a transition day at Casterton to prepare them for the move to the school and enjoyed it.

She said: “It is upsetting to go through the appeal process and not get a place and it is further away, but the boys are happier now they have seen Casterton.

“We just want to say a huge thank you though to everyone who has helped us. It can be isolating going through the appeals process but we didn’t feel alone.”