Bradford parents say they may educate children as chosen schools are full (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford parents say they may educate children as chosen schools are full
Parents whose children have missed out on places at all their preferred primary schools say they may teach them at home.
The Telegraph & Argus revealed earlier this week that more than 300 children had been allocated reception places at schools other than the five selected by their parents this year, up from 267 in 2011.
Children who have missed out on places at all their preferred schools include Amy Whiteoak, of Planetrees Street, Allerton.
She said: “We are realistic people. We thought we might not get our first, second or third choice but to put five schools down and not get any can’t be correct. We know people living two minutes drive away from us who have got Wilsden.”
Mrs Whiteoak, who also selected Harden, Foxhill, Keelham and Myrtle Park Schools, said: “We have done a bit of research. We have looked at the Ofsted reports and as far as we are concerned she won’t get a satisfactory education there. It’s not an option for her. We will have to keep her at home if we can’t get her a place at one of our preferred schools. We feel we are left with no option.”
Another parent who failed to receive one of her preferred schools was Michelle Laycock, of Clayton Heights. Her daughter Maizy has been allocated a place at Reevy Hill Primary School, which is not on a bus route and not in walking distance. Sending Maizy there would also make it impossible for her younger daughter to attend Shibden Head Day Nursery where she is registered, she said.
Mrs Laycock added: “I never imagined I would be rejected for all five of my choices and I now fear that if this is not resolved my daughter will have to be home schooled.”