School run 'impossible' after children not given first choice placesBy Hugh Fort
May 18, 2012
A mum from Hanworth is facing an “impossible task” of dropping her three children off at two different schools set two miles apart.
The woman, who asked not to be named, has two children in The Pines School in Hanworth Road.
However, her application for her four-year-old was rejected and now she faces the “impossible task” of delivering her children to two different schools at the same time.
Her other child has been offered a place at Great Hollands Primary School in Wordsworth.
She said: “It’s going to be a nightmare for me.
“I’ll have to deliver kids to two schools, which are a reasonable distance away from each other and have to get to work myself.
“I’ve heard of people having one sibling in one school and one in another but never one who has two kids in one school and the third being sent to another school.”
She confirmed she has appealed the decision with Bracknell Forest Council.
Another mum, who also asked not to be named, contacted the Bracknell Forest Standard, after her child failed to get into any of their choices.
The woman, from Harmans Water, applied for her son to go to Harmans Water Primary School in Wellington Drive.
However, her application failed and he has now been given a place at Crown Wood Primary School in Opladen Way.
The school is a 20-minute walk from her house and she faces a problem as her younger child is at a nursery in Harmans Water.
She said: “I’ve got to get them to two different places at the same time – and I don’t have a car.
“I just don’t think it’s fair how the council does it.
“I know of other mums who live further from the school than we do who have got a place.
“It’s disappointing, but I don’t think I’ll appeal as the council does not seem to consider where younger siblings are.”
The council declined to comment due to the ongoing appeal process.