Chafford mum in school places row claims “Immigrants” have all the places
Date posted: 20-07-2012
A CHAFFORD MUM at the heart of the highly publicised campaign for primary school places in Chafford Hundred has claimed that “immigrants” have been given all the school places in Chafford Hundred.
Mum, Lea Agambar was one of the parents who was taken by Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price to 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Commons to help plead her case.
Recently, Mrs Agambar failed in her appeal to gain a place at Chafford Hundred primary, Tudor Court primary and Warren primary.
Mrs Agambar said: “There are 3 schools in chafford hundred and we have not been offered any of them instead all the immigrants have been given places!
The comment was made on social media site, Facebook.
Thurrock Council has responded by illustrating in detail what their admissions policy is:
A spokesperson said: “There are no special arrangements designed to give priority to any group or groups within the community. As all applications are treated confidentially we are not, therefore, able to discuss the details of Mrs Agambar’s application.”
YT sent a series of questions to the councillors and MP who have helped publicise the campaign including demonstrations at Thurrock Council meetings and petition gatherings at church events.
We asked councillors Tunde Ojetola and Charles Key:
1. Would you take this opportunity to distance yourselves from these remarks?
2. Is the issue of “immigrants getting places in Chafford schools” something you have all discussed.
3. Did this issue arise in discussion in Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament?
4. What advice would you give Mrs Agambar?
5. Do you feel that whatever school Mrs Agambar’s children go to, that she may have to build some bridges?
Both councillors failed to respond.
YT also sent a series of questions to Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price.
1.Was the assertion “we have not been offered any of them instead all the immigrants have been given places!” something discussed with yourself.
2.Is it a concern that you share?
3.Was it one of the reasons that you took Mrs Agambar to 10 Downing Street?
4.Was it a matter that was discussed with the prime minister?
5.Was it a matter that was discussed with Mr Gove?
In her response, Jackie Doyle Price failed to answer any of the questions save indicating that the meeting at Downing Street was a private matter.
Mrs Agambar has removed her facebook page.