Cllr Penny Otton has campaigned long and hard to get free home-to-school transport for a small number of pupils in Rattlesden, Woolpit and Elmswell who were caught between catchment areas. At the moment these villages are each split between Stowupland and Thurston High Schools’ catchments although from 2014 they will all be in the Thurston catchment.
A few families, having chosen to send their children to Thurston Community College were faced with an unexpected termly bill.
“It just didn’t seem fair,” says Penny Otton. “Especially as no-one in their right mind would want to send their child to Stowupland for one single year!”
” The families were very poorly informed, both as to the situation and as to their rights. I have been fighting this anomaly for months. At least today the SCC cabinet has come round to my point of view and agreed to allow free transport to the year 9 pupils involved. However I am very disappointed that year 10 children will still be forced to pay when their friends just 1 street away do not. This is not equitable in the circumstances.”