Parents to demand free school transport for all at Claypole meeting

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A meeting has been convened for tomorrow evening (Wednesday) by a parent who is demanding free school transport for all grammar school pupils in the county.

John Briggs, of Claypole, has set up the meeting in his village hall to gain support for his campaign for an equal policy across Lincolnshire for free transport to grammar schools. At the moment about 40 children from Claypole who attend KGGS, King’s and Carre’s in Sleaford do not qualify for free transport.

Mr Briggs has a daughter who goes to KGGS and a son who attends Carre’s. He says it costs about £790 a year to send a child to KGGS and £1,260 to Sleaford.

Mr Briggs has got the support of Claypole Parish Council and his county councillor Paul Wood says he will back him if there is enough local support. He says people in Fulbeck, Caythorpe, Dry Doddington and Beckingham are also affected and he has contacted 20 parish councils also affected.

Mr Briggs said: “The catchment areas have maintained a status quo for in excess of 40 years and is ripe for review so that it becomes more equitable, non-discriminatory and socially inclusive to cover all areas of Lincolnshire.”

Tomorrow’s public meeting takes place in Claypole Village Hall and starts at 6pm.