18/11/2014 06:52 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Twin Sisters Forced To Go To Different Schools


Twin sisters have been forced to go to different schools despite the fact they had never spent a day of their lives apart.

Paris and Paige Carrington-Windo, 14, were due to move to a new secondary school because their mum was moving house.

But when the move fell through, only Paige was given her place back at Miltoncross Academy in Portsmouth, Hampshire, while Paris has to walk 30 minutes to Priory School, a mile-and-a-half from where her sister studies.

Their mum Samantha Carrington-Windo, 35, told of her anguish about her daughters being separated.

She told her local paper: "I'm a single parent and my two daughters have been together since birth. They are twins and they should go to the same school.

"I feel they should be leaving for school together and coming home together.

"It's frustrating because every parent wants their child to do well and now Paris isn't. It takes her half an hour just to get to school - I bought her a bike to help but someone damaged it."

Miltoncross headteacher Fiona Calderbank responded: "Mrs Carrington-Windo informed us she was moving her children to another school.

"She was not happy with many of the school rules and policies when they were applied to her daughter Paris.

"As the school rules and policies have not changed and Paris is progressing well in her new school, it would not make educational sense for her to move again.

"We had no cause or reason to contact mum regarding application of school rules and policies with respect of her other daughter.

"It would not have been fair not to accept her."

Samantha insisted she had only wanted the girls to change schools because of her planned house move, and that although she had complained to Miltoncross in the past over issues including Paris being told to wear leather shoes, this was not why she wanted the girls to leave.

She said if she had disagreed with the school, she would not have wanted both girls to return.

Samantha said: "I didn't like the school policies but that's not why my daughter left the school. The house move fell through."

Paris said: "I can't really concentrate in my lessons. I'm always with Paige and I don't like being apart. I don't want to be going to school."

Paige added: "It's not the same any more because I am always with Paris. She was always there if I need help or anything."

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