Meath twins face separation as one brother refused secondary school place

Meath twins face separation as one brother refused secondary school place

22.1.2020

Meath twins face separation as one brother refused secondary school place

TWIN boys are facing being separated for the first time after one of them was refused a place at a secondary school. Cian and Aidan O’Dea, 12, both applied to Boyne Community School in Trim but the…

Meath twins, 12, face being separated for first time as one brother refused secondary school place Sally Harding 22 Jan 2020, 14:11 TWIN boys are facing being separated for the first time after one of them was refused a place at a secondary school. Cian and Aidan O’Dea, 12, both applied to Boyne Community School in Trim but their mother Adri was shocked to receive two letters, one giving Cian a place while the other revealed that Aidan had been rejected. 2 Cian and Aidan O'Dea's mum Adri applied for both twins to attend Boyne Community School - but only Cian got a place Credit: Seamus Farrelly The boys are both 'inconsolable' at the prospect of being separated Credit: Seamus Farrelly But she has vowed that her sons won’t be separated, even if it means finding a new school for both of them. The mum explained: “We sent in the application form on the open day so we were in plenty of time. I indicated on both of their forms that they were twins. “There wasn’t any mystery around the fact that they were twins.” After receiving the letters from the school, Adri wrote to the board of management, assuming that Aidan’s rejection letter had been an error. LOTTERY WOES She said: “On the Monday morning we found out that Aidan was number 59 on the waiting list. “When I rang the school I was just told that it was unfortunate and I should apply to another school. “We have written additional letters to the school and the board of management but have not received a response. We have hit a stone wall. “They did a lottery and basically gave everyone a number so that’s how it ended up that one got in and the other didn’t. There was no consideration given to the fact that they were twins.” The boys, who are sixth class pupils at St Michael’s NS, are both “inconsolable” at the prospect of being separated. Adri revealed: “On Saturday I took Cian for the entrance assessment while Aidan sat in the car. He feels that the school doesn’t want him. “Aidan feels bad and is saying I don’t want to go to a school that my brother can’t go to. It has created a difficult situation for us as a family. “The thoughts of them being torn apart is too much to bear, they do everything together. “It is a constant issue in the house. You are trying not to make a big deal about it but it is a big deal.” SIBLINGS PRIORITY She’s determined not to split the twins, insisting: “I refuse to send them to two different schools. You could say I have one child in the school but I don’t. “I don’t have a place for my sons until I have a place for the two of them.” Boyne Community School, which has been contacted for comment, has 23 feeder schools which has led to a lengthy waiting list. However, Adri said she was particularly upset by the decision given that the school has a policy of prioritising siblings. She explained: “I asked them that seeing as you give priority to siblings then surely you need to prioritise twins as well but I was told until your child is physically attending the school it doesn’t count. “The stress of the situation has been unreal it has really affected all of the family. It has created a lot of stress not just for myself but for my boys. MOST READ IN NEWS Read more: Irish Sun

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