THE parents of a four-year-old boy from Rhyl who missed out on his first day of school because of an admissions blunder are delighted he finally has a place.
Callum Clews, who missed the first week of term because his forms had been lost, attended Ysgol Llywelyn for his first day of school on September 12.
Callum’s mother, Christine Miller, of Grange Road, said she was relieved that he has now started school.
“I’m so pleased - I just didn’t want him to lose anymore school time,” she said.
“I walked him there on his first day – he was a little bit shy but I’m sure he will meet lots of new friends. I’m happy with the school choice in the end because my two little sisters went there.”
For six months, Miss Miller was led to believe that Callum would be joining his friends in the reception class in Christchurch Primary School, where he had spent the previous 12 months at the nursery.
Callum’s farther, Harry, said: “I would have preferred him to have gone back to Christchurch, but I am really pleased that he has now got a place at a school.”
Miss Miller said she was in shock when she was told that the form she handed in to Christchurch in January had been lost.
A spokeswoman for Denbighshire County Council said that it did not receive the application until June, and Callum was offered a place at his second preference school, Ysgol Dewi Sant, but the parents later changed their preference to Ysgol Llywelyn, and the child was offered a place there.
“We are pleased that Callum has now got a school in place,” she said.
This summer seven children, who were also denied a place in Christchurch’s reception classes due to a mix-up over admissions forms, won a second appeal and secured places at the school.