East Reading is being removed from the Designated Area ( catchment areas) of an outstanding comprehensive, Maiden Erlegh, their nearest, local school, which is situated just across the border in Wokingham borough. They are to be forced to walk considerably farther to a school judged only "satisfactory" and which has a poor reputation locally. At the same time, Reading's two "outstanding" grammar schools take very few Reading children, the majority coming in from Wokingham.
Wokingham Borough Council is determined to rid itself of educating Reading Borough Council children in its outstanding school even though education is funded nationally, and is quite content for its own children to be educated in Reading schools.
The East Reading part of the DA is economically, socially and racially not as advantaged as the area that WBC is to replace it with, which is situated much father away from the school. WBC closed the school that served this area. It has rushed through the changes as Maiden Erlegh became an academy and it knew it had to act fast to change the admissions system before it did not have the power to do so. Many less advantaged children in East Reading will miss out on an education their parents thought they had a realistic chance of getting, by living in the DA. Likewise, families who bought or rented their houses in the area farther away, knew that they were not in the DA. Few Reading families can afford to buy or rent a house in this area which is to replace them in the DA. WBC have achieved this by a convoluted method of a very complex tie-breaker which means that on paper, East Reading is in the DA, but in practice no child can obtain a place there.