May 20 2013 Latest news:
by Tim Lamden
Monday, July 30, 2012
A Muswell Hill couple on the brink of leaving Haringey to find a primary school place for their son are celebrating after securing a last-minute place just a mile from their home.
Dr Rebecca Olowookere, 31, and her husband Victor, 35, of Gilson Place, off Coppetts Road, were told by Haringey Council in April that their four-year-old son David was one of 42 children without a reception place for September.
Even after entering the second round of applications in May, which included three new bulge classes opened to children without a place, the couple were still unable to find a spot for David.
But earlier this month, having only just discovered the school even existed a few days earlier, they were finally offered a school place for their son at Jewish free school Eden Primary, in Creighton Avenue.
Dr Olowookere said: “The head of their board of governors called me and said they could offer me a place – I was screaming down the phone, I was so pleased!
“I’ve never been so stressed in all my life – it was because I had no control over it. We work hard and live in a good area so thought we’d automatically get a good school.
“We had called estate agents to find out if they would value the house so that we could move right next to a school elsewhere. We were looking at places in Hertfordshire.”
After attending a second unsuccessful appeal hearing in relation to their son’s reception place, the couple were advised earlier this month to apply to Eden Primary, which opened last year and will be running just one reception class in September.
Just days after their application, following the late withdrawal of a couple of children due to attend Eden Primary, they were offered a place for David.
Peter Kessler, chairman of governors at Eden Primary School, said: “What makes me very pleased about this situation is that it really demonstrates Eden Primary School’s cross-community approach – it’s a Jewish school which welcomes everyone.
“Since the borough of Haringey is short of primary school places it’s very good to see what a new school starting up can do to help to alleviate the demand for school places in Haringey.”