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A Melbourne father says his 5-year-old son was barred from enrolling in a local Catholic school because of his surname - Hell.

Alex Hell, 45, says despite the school now saying his son Max is welcome, he will move the family to Geelong.

Hell admits that he volunteered the idea of changing his son's name to his wife's maiden name, which was welcomed by the principal of St Peter the Apostle primary school.

But Hell decided against the change and was then told that Max would not be able to attend.