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Casterton College Rutland is denied permission to increase its pupil numbers for September 2021 admissions

A bid for Casterton College to increase its pupil numbers has been rejected.

Parents called for action after 33 children missed out on a place at any of their preferred secondary schools.

In total 271 pupils selected Casterton College as their preferred choice but there is only space for 210.

Carl Smith
Carl Smith

The Regional Schools Commissioner rejected a bid to take 30 more pupils.

Principal Carl Smith said: “We feel really sorry for the many local families who will be disappointed by this decision, but we did everything we could on their behalf.

“Stamford children deserve full access to a high quality school such as Casterton and we will continue to make a case for it.”

Lincolnshire County Council had refused to back the bid.

Assistant director for education, Martin Smith, said: “We realise it’s upsetting when children don’t receive a place at their first-choice school, and understand that some families want to see extra places created at Casterton College.

“However, the Department for Education had already approved the expansion of Stamford Welland Academy, and to add even more secondary school places in the area at this time would create too much capacity too soon.

“We realise some will be disappointed, but we are confident any children not receiving a place at their first-choice school will still have a positive school experience.”

It was announced this week that Carl Smith has been shortlisted for the Pearson Secondary Headteacher of the Year Awards.

Chairman of the school’s trustees, Sue Ball, said: “We presented Carl with a book of messages thanking him for his hard work over the years.

“He was overwhelmed with the number of kind words - a real testament to the huge impact he has made on the school.”

The winner will be announced in June.

Mr Smith said: “I’m incredibly humbled but I’m part of a fantastic team and I see this as a collective recognition.”

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