The Parish Council has for some time been concerned that families living in Hambledon find it difficult to get their children into primary schools within reasonable distance of the village. It has raised the problem with the Surrey County Council, the local education authority; and it has become clear that, if it is to make any headway, it needs more information about actual, as opposed to perceived, needs.
As one of the many villages in the area which does not have its own primary school, Hambledon has to depend on its neighbours. Two of these, Chiddingfold and Grayswood, are in charge of their own admission arrangements and would have to be asked direct if they could consider taking more children from Hambledon.
Admission arrangements for the primary schools in Witley, Busbridge and Milford are managed by Surrey which has categorically stated that it would not afford priority to children living in Hambledon. This is not what the Parish Council is seeking – it just wants a level playing field for all children within a reasonable radius of these schools.
However, if the Parish Council is to ask for a rethink when admission arrangements come up for consultation in October, it needs to have a case. So could all families who have children starting school in autumn 2018 and who would like them to go to a local primary school please get in touch with the Parish Clerk (Jane Woolley), if possible before everyone disappears for the summer holidays, so that, if appropriate, the battle can be continued.