PARENTS of Wheathampstead children denied places at their preferred secondary schools will be meeting on Thursday to discuss the problem.

Places were allocated earlier this monty, and like in pregvious years, several village children face long journeys to unpopular schools unles they can win appeals or get places at Sandringham and Sir John Lawes through the "continuing interset" system.

District councillor Judy Shardlow said: "Any parent who has been allocated a school that they have not chosen should not hesitate to reject it.

"How long will it take Hertfordshire County Council to realise that they should be investing money into more local school places and ensuring that the rules for secondary transfer are fairer for villages?

"We don't stand a fair chance."

The meeting at Mead Hall in Wheathampstead will begin at 7.30pm.