'Error' sees 15 families have secondary school places withdrawn - 10 weeks after they were offered

A council has apologised to families after 15 children have had their secondary school offers withdrawn. Credit: PA Images

A council has apologised to families after 15 children have had their secondary school offers withdrawn.

Birmingham City Council said it apologised to the families, and that the places at Eden Boys' School, a Muslim faith school in Perry Barr had been made 'in error.'

The offers were withdrawn 10 weeks after they were made - and some parents had begun to change their work patterns and arranging travel for their children.

Qadir Khan, 11, is one of the children who has had his offer to go to Eden Boys' School in September.

His mum, Rukhsana Begum, accepted the offer for Qadir to go to the school in March, despite it being the sixth choice on his list.

Since then, she's made sure Qadir was happy and comfortable with going to the school. She encouraged him to make friends with children that were also going there, and changed her working arrangements so he could get to and from the school.

The council has offered an alternative school place - but the school, St John Wall Catholic School in Handsworth, was not on the family's application form - a school the family had not on their application form, as they didn't want him to attend it.

The family have now been told that they have to appeal this.

A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said that it is "the school place they would have been offered if the mistake had not been made."

Rukhsana Begum and her son Qadir Khan Credit: BPM Media

We'd got him into a routine that was ready for his going to Eden. Now we're all feeling anxious and upset.

Rukhsana Begum

Since secondary school places were offered in March, it has become apparent that the allocation of 15 places at Eden Boys' School had been made in error.

Birmingham City Council spokesman

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