Riley, 7, faces 20-mile round trip to school each day

York Press: Kara Palmer with her son Riley, who is having to travel 20 miles a day to attend school Kara Palmer with her son Riley, who is having to travel 20 miles a day to attend school

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy is travelling 20 miles a day to attend school after being refused a place at his local one.

Riley Palmer, who lives in Wheldrake, south-east of York, is driven daily to and from Woodthorpe Primary School by his mother Kara.

She said Riley started attending the school because they originally lived in Woodthorpe, but when they moved to Wheldrake almost two years ago,she applied for him to transfer to Wheldrake With Thorganby CoE Primary School.

She says she was told the Year 1 class was at its statutory maximum of 30, but he would be able to go there when he reached Year 3, which didn’t have the same cap on numbers.

Kara was offered a place at Elvington, but kept Riley at Woodthorpe to avoid him having to change schools a second time when a place became available at Wheldrake.

She claimed she had now been warned that as things stood, because the number of pupils at Wheldrake was so high, Riley still wouldn’t be able to have a place unless several children left, and he was now on a waiting list.

“I’m at the end of my tether,” she said. “Because he isn’t at school in the village, it makes it hard for him to mix with other village children out of school, and it’s too far for his schoolmates to come to play.

“I think the stress of driving to Woodthorpe each day, being stuck in traffic, may have contributed towards a miscarriage I suffered recently.”

Head teacher Alison Shaw said she was disappointed Riley and a number of other village children were unable to attend the school as it was full. “I really wish all of them were able to come,” she said.

She said the school administers its own admissions policy and uses a series of criteria to decide applications, including the distance of a child’s home from the school. She said parents could appeal to an independent panel but and an appeal on Riley’s behalf was turned down.

A City of York Council spokeswoman said it was meeting the costs of Riley's travel to Woodthorpe.

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9:20am Tue 18 Mar 14

I despair!!! says...

What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?
What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs? I despair!!!
  • Score: 15

9:28am Tue 18 Mar 14

YorkShame says...

Enough with the Daily Mail sadface photos!
Enough with the Daily Mail sadface photos! YorkShame
  • Score: 38

9:42am Tue 18 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

I despair!!! wrote:
What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?
Could be any number of reasons. Ailing grandparents, move to a smaller house to avoid bankruptcy...all sorts of things.

Smells like a lack of flexibility from the school, where there's a will there's a way.
[quote][p][bold]I despair!!![/bold] wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?[/p][/quote]Could be any number of reasons. Ailing grandparents, move to a smaller house to avoid bankruptcy...all sorts of things. Smells like a lack of flexibility from the school, where there's a will there's a way. MouseHouse
  • Score: 10

10:12am Tue 18 Mar 14

1394kara says...

I despair!!! wrote:
What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?
I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story.
[quote][p][bold]I despair!!![/bold] wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?[/p][/quote]I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story. 1394kara
  • Score: 75

10:22am Tue 18 Mar 14

matroom says...

YorkShame wrote:
Enough with the Daily Mail sadface photos!
I actually quite like it. Good luck in getting him into the school. Come on CYC, this lad needs to get some friends he can play with locally !!!
[quote][p][bold]YorkShame[/bold] wrote: Enough with the Daily Mail sadface photos![/p][/quote]I actually quite like it. Good luck in getting him into the school. Come on CYC, this lad needs to get some friends he can play with locally !!! matroom
  • Score: 3

10:53am Tue 18 Mar 14

LuckyLady21 says...

I despair!!! wrote:
What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?
"Not meaning to sound judgemental"?? And then going on to accuse somebody you don't know of being irresponsible. You couldn't get more judgemental! Perhaps if you looked the word "judgemental" up in the dictionary then you might learn what it means, as well as how to spell it!
[quote][p][bold]I despair!!![/bold] wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?[/p][/quote]"Not meaning to sound judgemental"?? And then going on to accuse somebody you don't know of being irresponsible. You couldn't get more judgemental! Perhaps if you looked the word "judgemental" up in the dictionary then you might learn what it means, as well as how to spell it! LuckyLady21
  • Score: 10

10:53am Tue 18 Mar 14

Pete the Brickie says...

1394kara wrote:
I despair!!! wrote:
What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?
I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story.
Well said, both the council and Head are in the wrong here, there are plenty of ways this school could be changed to take more pupils and if there is a waiting list it should be done. Small classroom extensions and an additional teacher were as available two years ago as they are now.
[quote][p][bold]1394kara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I despair!!![/bold] wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?[/p][/quote]I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story.[/p][/quote]Well said, both the council and Head are in the wrong here, there are plenty of ways this school could be changed to take more pupils and if there is a waiting list it should be done. Small classroom extensions and an additional teacher were as available two years ago as they are now. Pete the Brickie
  • Score: 9

11:13am Tue 18 Mar 14

I despair!!! says...

1394kara wrote:
I despair!!! wrote:
What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?
I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story.
I said not 'meaning' to 'sound' judgemental. Now I know the full story I take it back. I blame bad journalism for leading me up the wrong path.
[quote][p][bold]1394kara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I despair!!![/bold] wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?[/p][/quote]I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story.[/p][/quote]I said not 'meaning' to 'sound' judgemental. Now I know the full story I take it back. I blame bad journalism for leading me up the wrong path. I despair!!!
  • Score: 7

11:20am Tue 18 Mar 14

I despair!!! says...

LuckyLady21 wrote:
I despair!!! wrote:
What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?
"Not meaning to sound judgemental"?? And then going on to accuse somebody you don't know of being irresponsible. You couldn't get more judgemental! Perhaps if you looked the word "judgemental" up in the dictionary then you might learn what it means, as well as how to spell it!
You don't know me but seem happy to have a dig. Making assumptions is what readers of this site are resigned to doing when half a story is published. Bad journalism.
[quote][p][bold]LuckyLady21[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I despair!!![/bold] wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?[/p][/quote]"Not meaning to sound judgemental"?? And then going on to accuse somebody you don't know of being irresponsible. You couldn't get more judgemental! Perhaps if you looked the word "judgemental" up in the dictionary then you might learn what it means, as well as how to spell it![/p][/quote]You don't know me but seem happy to have a dig. Making assumptions is what readers of this site are resigned to doing when half a story is published. Bad journalism. I despair!!!
  • Score: -3

11:36am Tue 18 Mar 14

lottie85 says...

I wish all the best for you and your family hun. I do hope that Riley is able to join the school soon; for his sake as much as yours. If the school is turning children away and then the children are having to travel that far…. its about time they did something about it. Good luck hun. xxx
I wish all the best for you and your family hun. I do hope that Riley is able to join the school soon; for his sake as much as yours. If the school is turning children away and then the children are having to travel that far…. its about time they did something about it. Good luck hun. xxx lottie85
  • Score: 8

12:20pm Tue 18 Mar 14

lucy1977 says...

I work with kara at fresh hair and beauty, she works 5 days a week and often rushes in having had no time for breakfast etc. Then has to rush off at the end of the day to collect her son. I also think its very sad that because of no fault of her own or his own they lost their home this child needs stability after everything he has been through and being in the local school with his playmates will help with this.
I work with kara at fresh hair and beauty, she works 5 days a week and often rushes in having had no time for breakfast etc. Then has to rush off at the end of the day to collect her son. I also think its very sad that because of no fault of her own or his own they lost their home this child needs stability after everything he has been through and being in the local school with his playmates will help with this. lucy1977
  • Score: 22

1:15pm Tue 18 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

1394kara wrote:
I despair!!! wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?
I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story.
This sounds very strange - You were a homeowner then were made homeless by an ex? With a child involved, what part did the police etc play to prevent against homelessness/re-loca
tion and a violent partner?

You have only given half the story not the full and it’s extremely important having approached the press with your sob story, criticising the local school
[quote][p][bold]1394kara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I despair!!![/bold] wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?[/p][/quote]I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story.[/p][/quote]This sounds very strange - You were a homeowner then were made homeless by an ex? With a child involved, what part did the police etc play to prevent against homelessness/re-loca tion and a violent partner? You have only given half the story not the full and it’s extremely important having approached the press with your sob story, criticising the local school YorkPatrol
  • Score: -20

1:40pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Lamplighter says...

OMG Yorkpatrol what on earth has it got to do with you what the full story is? Talk about nosey, I've never heard anything like it in my life.
OMG Yorkpatrol what on earth has it got to do with you what the full story is? Talk about nosey, I've never heard anything like it in my life. Lamplighter
  • Score: 18

2:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

BigJon says...

If the place is now not available at Wheldrake would it not be possible to accept the earlier offered place at Elvington and then stay there? I assume this is closer than your current school and so, while not your first choice, at least it would be better than the current situation (sorry if there is an obvious reason why this can't be done, I'm not a parent so have never had to look into which schools offer what in York)
If the place is now not available at Wheldrake would it not be possible to accept the earlier offered place at Elvington and then stay there? I assume this is closer than your current school and so, while not your first choice, at least it would be better than the current situation (sorry if there is an obvious reason why this can't be done, I'm not a parent so have never had to look into which schools offer what in York) BigJon
  • Score: 11

3:15pm Tue 18 Mar 14

1394kara says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
1394kara wrote:
I despair!!! wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?
I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story.
This sounds very strange - You were a homeowner then were made homeless by an ex? With a child involved, what part did the police etc play to prevent against homelessness/re-loca

tion and a violent partner?

You have only given half the story not the full and it’s extremely important having approached the press with your sob story, criticising the local school
Yes my child wasn't my ex partners so there is nothing the police can do.. Trust me I have been through hell and back! It would be a sob storey if you knew the whole storey! I bought a house with my ex who cheated/aggressive and then changed the locks on the house and put mine and my sons things out on the street, no one could help as house was in both names and Riley was not his child. He then stopped paying the mortgage while me and my son was living at my mums sharing 1 room! So I then had to go bankrupt as the house got repossessed! This unfortunately affected me and my son and yes I was left in this situation out of my hands! Now if you would like to know any more of my life let me know as you seem to sound very keen in knowing EVERY PART of my life!
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1394kara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I despair!!![/bold] wrote: What possessed the family to move to Wheldrake without securing a place at the local school? Not meaning to sound judgmental but it does sound a little irresponsible of them. Why should we, the taxpayer, cover the costs?[/p][/quote]I actually was a homeowner but unfortunately I was made homeless by an aggressive ex partner, so I was then placed in my house in wheldrake so never had the chance to look at school places. I do work and I am a tax payer! Never judge before you know the full story.[/p][/quote]This sounds very strange - You were a homeowner then were made homeless by an ex? With a child involved, what part did the police etc play to prevent against homelessness/re-loca tion and a violent partner? You have only given half the story not the full and it’s extremely important having approached the press with your sob story, criticising the local school[/p][/quote]Yes my child wasn't my ex partners so there is nothing the police can do.. Trust me I have been through hell and back! It would be a sob storey if you knew the whole storey! I bought a house with my ex who cheated/aggressive and then changed the locks on the house and put mine and my sons things out on the street, no one could help as house was in both names and Riley was not his child. He then stopped paying the mortgage while me and my son was living at my mums sharing 1 room! So I then had to go bankrupt as the house got repossessed! This unfortunately affected me and my son and yes I was left in this situation out of my hands! Now if you would like to know any more of my life let me know as you seem to sound very keen in knowing EVERY PART of my life! 1394kara
  • Score: 7

3:16pm Tue 18 Mar 14

1394kara says...

BigJon wrote:
If the place is now not available at Wheldrake would it not be possible to accept the earlier offered place at Elvington and then stay there? I assume this is closer than your current school and so, while not your first choice, at least it would be better than the current situation (sorry if there is an obvious reason why this can't be done, I'm not a parent so have never had to look into which schools offer what in York)
Unfortunately the place in elvington is no longer available....
[quote][p][bold]BigJon[/bold] wrote: If the place is now not available at Wheldrake would it not be possible to accept the earlier offered place at Elvington and then stay there? I assume this is closer than your current school and so, while not your first choice, at least it would be better than the current situation (sorry if there is an obvious reason why this can't be done, I'm not a parent so have never had to look into which schools offer what in York)[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the place in elvington is no longer available.... 1394kara
  • Score: -1

3:35pm Tue 18 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

Lamplighter wrote:
OMG Yorkpatrol what on earth has it got to do with you what the full story is? Talk about nosey, I've never heard anything like it in my life.
"I've never heard anything like it in my life" Really? What never? Where do you live, in a cave?

The woman in question states “never judge without the full story”. As this is a published report on a internationally available news website with an open forum for comments then people are going to judge – These judgements can not be accurately based unless the facts are known in detail. i.e. the full story. This woman could very well have influenced the situation she finds herself then simply blamed the school to which prompted the first comment by “I despair”. Had the detailed facts been at hand I am sure this comment would not have been posted. Once a story is in the public domain then it becomes everyone’s business, particularly when the taxpayer is footing the bill for transportation costs.

Many people moan to the press with some heartfelt sob story generating supporting hysteria only to find the people in question are very much to blame for the situation they find themselves.

Rather than the insignificance surrounding a 15 minute drive to school, the concerns with this story are how a young mother and child were made homeless due to a violent ex partner – There is simply no way the authorities would allow this to happen particularly with a child involved, but then of cause without the “full story” no one will know.
[quote][p][bold]Lamplighter[/bold] wrote: OMG Yorkpatrol what on earth has it got to do with you what the full story is? Talk about nosey, I've never heard anything like it in my life.[/p][/quote]"I've never heard anything like it in my life" Really? What never? Where do you live, in a cave? The woman in question states “never judge without the full story”. As this is a published report on a internationally available news website with an open forum for comments then people are going to judge – These judgements can not be accurately based unless the facts are known in detail. i.e. the full story. This woman could very well have influenced the situation she finds herself then simply blamed the school to which prompted the first comment by “I despair”. Had the detailed facts been at hand I am sure this comment would not have been posted. Once a story is in the public domain then it becomes everyone’s business, particularly when the taxpayer is footing the bill for transportation costs. Many people moan to the press with some heartfelt sob story generating supporting hysteria only to find the people in question are very much to blame for the situation they find themselves. Rather than the insignificance surrounding a 15 minute drive to school, the concerns with this story are how a young mother and child were made homeless due to a violent ex partner – There is simply no way the authorities would allow this to happen particularly with a child involved, but then of cause without the “full story” no one will know. YorkPatrol
  • Score: 1

3:36pm Tue 18 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

YorkPatrol show some common decency huh?
YorkPatrol show some common decency huh? MouseHouse
  • Score: 6

3:43pm Tue 18 Mar 14

I despair!!! says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Lamplighter wrote:
OMG Yorkpatrol what on earth has it got to do with you what the full story is? Talk about nosey, I've never heard anything like it in my life.
"I've never heard anything like it in my life" Really? What never? Where do you live, in a cave?

The woman in question states “never judge without the full story”. As this is a published report on a internationally available news website with an open forum for comments then people are going to judge – These judgements can not be accurately based unless the facts are known in detail. i.e. the full story. This woman could very well have influenced the situation she finds herself then simply blamed the school to which prompted the first comment by “I despair”. Had the detailed facts been at hand I am sure this comment would not have been posted. Once a story is in the public domain then it becomes everyone’s business, particularly when the taxpayer is footing the bill for transportation costs.

Many people moan to the press with some heartfelt sob story generating supporting hysteria only to find the people in question are very much to blame for the situation they find themselves.

Rather than the insignificance surrounding a 15 minute drive to school, the concerns with this story are how a young mother and child were made homeless due to a violent ex partner – There is simply no way the authorities would allow this to happen particularly with a child involved, but then of cause without the “full story” no one will know.
Hear hear York Patrol.
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lamplighter[/bold] wrote: OMG Yorkpatrol what on earth has it got to do with you what the full story is? Talk about nosey, I've never heard anything like it in my life.[/p][/quote]"I've never heard anything like it in my life" Really? What never? Where do you live, in a cave? The woman in question states “never judge without the full story”. As this is a published report on a internationally available news website with an open forum for comments then people are going to judge – These judgements can not be accurately based unless the facts are known in detail. i.e. the full story. This woman could very well have influenced the situation she finds herself then simply blamed the school to which prompted the first comment by “I despair”. Had the detailed facts been at hand I am sure this comment would not have been posted. Once a story is in the public domain then it becomes everyone’s business, particularly when the taxpayer is footing the bill for transportation costs. Many people moan to the press with some heartfelt sob story generating supporting hysteria only to find the people in question are very much to blame for the situation they find themselves. Rather than the insignificance surrounding a 15 minute drive to school, the concerns with this story are how a young mother and child were made homeless due to a violent ex partner – There is simply no way the authorities would allow this to happen particularly with a child involved, but then of cause without the “full story” no one will know.[/p][/quote]Hear hear York Patrol. I despair!!!
  • Score: -5

4:09pm Tue 18 Mar 14

1394kara says...

I have told more of the story now! I told the press the full story but it isn't my decision what is actually wrote. I have had regular contact with the school and I for one would not like to be in Alison shaws (head teacher of wheldrake) shoes but I need to do what is best for me and my son and if you was in my situation I'm sure you would do the same!
I have told more of the story now! I told the press the full story but it isn't my decision what is actually wrote. I have had regular contact with the school and I for one would not like to be in Alison shaws (head teacher of wheldrake) shoes but I need to do what is best for me and my son and if you was in my situation I'm sure you would do the same! 1394kara
  • Score: 8

4:32pm Tue 18 Mar 14

m dee says...

Kara hope all goes well for you and Riley gets in the local school soon.
Kara hope all goes well for you and Riley gets in the local school soon. m dee
  • Score: 11

4:33pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Diogenes2 says...

YorkShame wrote:
Enough with the Daily Mail sadface photos!
I think that Riley enjoys car and bus travel, judging from his face.
[quote][p][bold]YorkShame[/bold] wrote: Enough with the Daily Mail sadface photos![/p][/quote]I think that Riley enjoys car and bus travel, judging from his face. Diogenes2
  • Score: 4

4:37pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Lamplighter says...

Yorkpatrol the story is what the press has printed, the circumstances surrounding the story are not the concern of you or anyone else and Cara has absolutely no need to feel she has to justify herself to nosey people like yourself on a public forum. By all means comment on the story printed but mind your own business about the rest.
Yorkpatrol the story is what the press has printed, the circumstances surrounding the story are not the concern of you or anyone else and Cara has absolutely no need to feel she has to justify herself to nosey people like yourself on a public forum. By all means comment on the story printed but mind your own business about the rest. Lamplighter
  • Score: 6

4:46pm Tue 18 Mar 14

m dee says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Lamplighter wrote:
OMG Yorkpatrol what on earth has it got to do with you what the full story is? Talk about nosey, I've never heard anything like it in my life.
"I've never heard anything like it in my life" Really? What never? Where do you live, in a cave?

The woman in question states “never judge without the full story”. As this is a published report on a internationally available news website with an open forum for comments then people are going to judge – These judgements can not be accurately based unless the facts are known in detail. i.e. the full story. This woman could very well have influenced the situation she finds herself then simply blamed the school to which prompted the first comment by “I despair”. Had the detailed facts been at hand I am sure this comment would not have been posted. Once a story is in the public domain then it becomes everyone’s business, particularly when the taxpayer is footing the bill for transportation costs.

Many people moan to the press with some heartfelt sob story generating supporting hysteria only to find the people in question are very much to blame for the situation they find themselves.

Rather than the insignificance surrounding a 15 minute drive to school, the concerns with this story are how a young mother and child were made homeless due to a violent ex partner – There is simply no way the authorities would allow this to happen particularly with a child involved, but then of cause without the “full story” no one will know.
I think Lamplighter was simply giving a judgement on your comment as once posted on this site becomes open to judgement based on the content .
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lamplighter[/bold] wrote: OMG Yorkpatrol what on earth has it got to do with you what the full story is? Talk about nosey, I've never heard anything like it in my life.[/p][/quote]"I've never heard anything like it in my life" Really? What never? Where do you live, in a cave? The woman in question states “never judge without the full story”. As this is a published report on a internationally available news website with an open forum for comments then people are going to judge – These judgements can not be accurately based unless the facts are known in detail. i.e. the full story. This woman could very well have influenced the situation she finds herself then simply blamed the school to which prompted the first comment by “I despair”. Had the detailed facts been at hand I am sure this comment would not have been posted. Once a story is in the public domain then it becomes everyone’s business, particularly when the taxpayer is footing the bill for transportation costs. Many people moan to the press with some heartfelt sob story generating supporting hysteria only to find the people in question are very much to blame for the situation they find themselves. Rather than the insignificance surrounding a 15 minute drive to school, the concerns with this story are how a young mother and child were made homeless due to a violent ex partner – There is simply no way the authorities would allow this to happen particularly with a child involved, but then of cause without the “full story” no one will know.[/p][/quote]I think Lamplighter was simply giving a judgement on your comment as once posted on this site becomes open to judgement based on the content . m dee
  • Score: 2

8:09pm Tue 18 Mar 14

yorkonafork says...

The comment sections nowadays are brilliant! It's like Daily Mail meets Jeremy Kyle. Top stuff.
The comment sections nowadays are brilliant! It's like Daily Mail meets Jeremy Kyle. Top stuff. yorkonafork
  • Score: 13

7:52am Wed 19 Mar 14

Have to make a comment says...

I have every sympathy with Kara's plight but she has made a choice to keep her child at woodthorpe when she was offered a place 10 mins drive away in Elvington. My youngest went to Elvington and it's a good school. Feeds into fulford same as wheldrake so continuity for future assured.
It's public money that pays for an extra teacher that has to be found which can't be justified for one child surely.
Move Riley to Elvington Kara and rebuild your life. Good luck.
I have every sympathy with Kara's plight but she has made a choice to keep her child at woodthorpe when she was offered a place 10 mins drive away in Elvington. My youngest went to Elvington and it's a good school. Feeds into fulford same as wheldrake so continuity for future assured. It's public money that pays for an extra teacher that has to be found which can't be justified for one child surely. Move Riley to Elvington Kara and rebuild your life. Good luck. Have to make a comment
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8:33am Wed 19 Mar 14

dc1926 says...

When Labour came to power in 1997, it pledged to keep infant class sizes to fewer than 30 children. Which became law !
When Labour came to power in 1997, it pledged to keep infant class sizes to fewer than 30 children. Which became law ! dc1926
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12:36pm Wed 19 Mar 14

anon24 says...

wow there really are some small mided people that comment on here. if you read it, kara has said the place at elvington is no longer available. and i think its a good thing that she has kept Riley in the same school especially considering the effort it takes her to get him there. I had to change schools when i was younger through no fault of my own as my school closed down part way through and it does effect not only your education but its making new friends as well, being accepted when you are an outsider. starting a new school part way through is tough so i completely empathise as to why kara decided to not put riley in elvington to them move again. hope you get a place soon xxx
wow there really are some small mided people that comment on here. if you read it, kara has said the place at elvington is no longer available. and i think its a good thing that she has kept Riley in the same school especially considering the effort it takes her to get him there. I had to change schools when i was younger through no fault of my own as my school closed down part way through and it does effect not only your education but its making new friends as well, being accepted when you are an outsider. starting a new school part way through is tough so i completely empathise as to why kara decided to not put riley in elvington to them move again. hope you get a place soon xxx anon24
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10:49pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Jazbee says...

It should be the schools problem not the parents, they are letting the schooling system down
It should be the schools problem not the parents, they are letting the schooling system down Jazbee
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