Archie (4) wins school place battle

Archie and his mum, Joanne.
Archie and his mum, Joanne.
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A BOY of four can go to school in his home village now education bosses have agreed to make 30 new reception places available from September.

Mum Joanne Taylor vowed to delay her son Archie’s education by a year after he missed out on a place at Kirton Primary.

At first all education chiefs could offer the lad was a 20-mile round trip in a taxi to a school at Swineshead.

Joanne refused the taxi plan and Lincolnshire County Council did a U-turn and yesterday confirmed Archie will be able to attend Kirton.

Joanne said she’d heard something about a new reception class from another mum, but didn’t know Archie would get a place until the Spalding Guardian broke the news.

She said: “Oh, that’s fantastic because I haven’t heard anything official. I was just hoping we were going to be included in it.

“I would not have sent him in a taxi on his own.”

Debbie Barnes, county council director of children’s services, said: “The local authority is working with Kirton Primary School to make 30 additional reception places available for September.

“Children on the waiting list for Kirton will be automatically offered a place so Archie will be able to go to the school.”