Mum in same school snub wins her battle

James Reucroft with his sister Robyn who has finally joined him at his school, Moss Side CP School, Leyland
James Reucroft with his sister Robyn who has finally joined him at his school, Moss Side CP School, Leyland

A Leyland mum who fought for six months to get her two young children into the same school has finally won her battle.

Pauline Reucroft, of Nookfield, returned to Leyland after living in Dubai for two years with son James and daughter Robyn, five.

James previously attended Moss Side County Primary School and was offered a place there on his return in July last year.

But the family were upset to find their application to get Robyn into the same school had been turned down on appeal by Lancashire County Council.

Pauline is now celebrating a place finally coming up at the school, which means she no longer has to take James to Moss Side as well as walking 30 minutes to St Anne’s Catholic Primary.

She said: “This is such a massive relief. All we could do before was just wait and hope that a place would come up. When we got the phone call, we were chuffed.

“People were clapping when Robyn walked into the playground. She was really excited. People were coming up to her and welcoming her, saying she finally had the right uniform on. It was such a lovely feeling.

“It has been such an unsettled period for her but she’s there now and that’s the end of it.”

Pauline also took her case to the Government Ombudsmen and was told again she wouldn’t win her fight.

She said: “There’s still a part of me that is so mad we had to go through this at all.

“When I told James, his face lit up. He asked if it meant Robyn was going to be at his school now.

“Apparently on her first day he told his teachers he was worried about her and went to see her at lunchtime. It was so sweet.

“The school have been brilliant all the way through.

“I can’t say how much easier this is for me.”