From his back garden, four-year old Hal Watson could hear and see children playing in the primary school next door. And like any little boy eager to start school, he dreamed of the day he would be big enough to join them.
Yet despite living just yards from St Peter's Church of England School in Heysham, Lancashire, Hal has been refused a place, and endures a three mile round trip to another primary instead.
His mother, Karen, is outraged at the school's admissions policy:
Education officials, however, think differently – as a Church of England school, there are two influential entry factors: baptised children who go to the local Sunday school.
'We have been up front and honest and done what was asked for but have still be turned down because we did not meet the criteria,' Karen said, adding that Hal has since been baptised, and would have been in time for the start of the school year.
When Hal's application was made, he was yet to be baptised.
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