A BOROUGH councillor has joined angry parents in demanding a review of Cheshire's school admissions policy.
Myles Hogg claims the policy, which is preventing some children from attending the secondary school of their choice, is 'socially divisive'.
Some pupils at Meadow Primary, a feeder school for Whitby High, want to go there in the new term in September, but have been refused places.
This has angered their parents, who turned for help to Cllr Hogg, a Whitby High governor.
Every year the county allocates 270 places in the school's first year, but also allows in an extra 25-30.
But this year the county has only allowed in 15 more on appeal.
This has denied dozens of children a place at Whitby.
They have instead been placed at Stanney High, Sutton High, and Kingsway High in Chester.
Cllr Hogg said: 'The local education authority this year has taken a very hard line, for reasons we can only speculate.
'This is socially divisive, breaking up friendships formed at primary school.'
Mum Hayley Jones, of Everest Close, said her daughter Kelly is the only one in her class not going to Whitby High. She will attend Stanney instead.
Mrs Jones added: 'We are trying to get a solicitor, and want to contact more parents who are affected. They can call me on 07929 709693.'
Samantha Ellam says her diabetic daughter Lauren, who also chose Whitby, might not manage the long walk from their home in Summertrees Road to Sutton High where she was placed instead.
Mrs Ellam added: 'She would have to cross many busy roads to get there.'
Parents stress they have nothing against Stanney and Sutton but they are not part of those communities.
They have collected a petition of at least 100 names so far.
Because their children live within three miles of Sutton and Stanney they will not get free school transport.
Cllr Hogg said the council's map of school catchment areas is 30 years old and doesn't take into account more recent housing developments.
He added: 'It's a lottery as to where children go to school.
'The appeals procedure, school zoning system and map, and the feeder school system should all be reviewed.'
The councillor has vowed to raise this with the county and his fellow governors.
A county spokesman said none of the parents who have contacted the Pioneer about this live within Whitby High's official catchment area.