How close do you have­to­live­toschool?

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - CLAIRE MILLER hinck­ley­times@trin­i­tymir­

CHIL­DREN some Le­ices­ter­shire schools have to live just three min­utes’ walk away in order to claim a place.

Based on last year’s of­fers, the last child of­fered a place at Blaby Thistly Meadow Pri­mary School in Le­ices­ter­shire lived just 0.16 miles from the school, a walk that would take around three min­utes.

Pupils given places at Tay­lor Road Pri­mary School in Le­ices­ter needed to live just four min­utes from the school at 0.20 miles away, while the last child of­fered a place at Bel­ton Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School in Le­ices­ter­shire also lived just 0.20 miles away, a walk of around four min­utes.

When it comes to sec­ondary schools, the last child of­fered a place at Moat lived just 0.81 miles away, a 16 minute walk away, while the last child of­fered a place at Rushey at Mead away.

Last places tend to be of­fered to chil­dren who do not fit other cat­e­gories, such as hav­ing sib­lings at the school or faith, mean­ing if you fit other cri­te­ria you may have more of a chance of get­ting a place even if you live fur­ther away.

Es­ti­mates are based on a walk­ing speed of three miles per hour, or 20 min­utes to walk a mile.

Fig­ures for the dis­tance from the school of the last child of­fered a place come from Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests to coun­cils. Some schools may not be in­cluded if they han­dle their own ad­mis­sions process.

Dis­tance may be used by schools as the last cri­te­ria for of­fer­ing places, af­ter sib­lings and re­li­gious cri­te­ria, or it may be used as a tiebreaker where there are more ap­pli­ca­tions than places in some cat­e­gories. Not all schools use dis­tance if places are filled through other cri­te­ria. lived 0.95 miles

A fes­tive ap­peal has been launched by Le­ices­ter­shire Cares to help put a smile on the face of needy chil­dren across the county. The ap­peal is to col­lect as many toys as pos­si­ble to do­nate to char­ity Toys on the Ta­ble. Hinck­ley and Rugby Build­ing So­ci­ety have signed up to help.

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