As a parent at Ludworth I'd just like to add my two penneth worth. we are often over subscribed but generally speaking most of the kids on the list are from outside of the catchment area! As far as I am concerned everyone in the catchment area gets in!!
The siblings rule was a long standing rule and why my last 2 children got in to Ludworth. This rule of selection was second to catchment but has now been removed completely from Stockport schools. I really do hope they have reinstated it as the 2nd rule.
It is impossible for parents, usually just the mum to be in 2 places at one time ,especially when the 2 schools will be a good distance away from each other.
I was refused a place at Rosehill many years ago for my eldest son when we arrived back in Marple because they were full. I could have appealed an got in, its 2 minutes from my house, however I wasnt that bothered and the head at Ludworth, though he was as full as Rosehill for that year, knew that he had a very rare lack of pupils for my daughters reception class the year after ( very low birth rate year apparently!) so squeezed my son in.
There would have been plenty of space, and a "right" to go, to Rosehill for my other 3 children but I wouldnt have been able to deliver all of them at the same time so the choice to send them to Ludworth was obvious AND it was right that I had that choice! Remember, Rosehill didnt want me, and refused my son outright!
Ludworth I believe had 6 appeals last year as a result of siblings not getting in. None of them, like me, were in the catchment area. They did get in after appeal because their arguments were correct. The stress it caused those people was massive, it was horrible to see the upset and worry. The truth is if they hadnt got their kids in then they would have had to remove their other children from Ludworth causing upheaval for them too.
I think the new Rosehill building is the ugliest thing Ive seen for a while and has sadly massively effected the value of my mums house which we are trying to sell and which backs on to the school. However the traffic shouldnt be an issue as right from the word go it was in the plans to tackle it. they have built a road on the grounds which runs at the back of my mums garden which is a "turning circle" and as i understand it will allow parents to drop their kids within the grounds rather than all over the estate? As someone who often cant get off my estate in hte morning simply cos of irresponsible parking by people dropping at rosehill I welcome that at least!
Trouble is until its open we dont know what its going to be like and people should reserve judgment. I cant imagine for one minute it will be "unsafe" and I am sure kids of all ages will get used to it very quickly.