Please find my Kyian a school to go to

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH MITCHELL

A ST Ann’s mum has been left try­ing to home-school her son, who hasn’t been in school since Fe­bru­ary.

Danielle Shaw moved sud­denly from Mans­field to Not­ting­ham in Fe­bru­ary and ap­plied for schools for son Kyian, five. She ap­plied to four schools around St Ann’s and was told all were full.

Miss Shaw re-ap­plied for an­other four schools in June be­fore the start of the next school year but was again told all the places were taken.

She said: “I ap­plied the day after we ar­rived in Not­ting­ham for school places and was told I was on the wait­ing list. I ap­plied again later in the year and again I was told I was on the wait­ing list. I just feel so frus­trated be­cause he is los­ing out on his ed­u­ca­tion be­cause of this and I des­per­ately want him in school.”

Miss Shaw said she even bought her son work books to com­plete while he was out of school.

She said she had been left stuck at home most days be­cause she needed to look after her son and added: “I feel like he is re­ally miss­ing out on his ed­u­ca­tion and I don’t want him to be left be­hind. I’ve bought him work­books from Pound­land but his at­ten­tion span is quite


short so I strug­gle to en­ter­tain him. He is also los­ing out on mak­ing friends and it is get­ting me down.”

Jonny Kirk, ser­vice man­ager for ac­cess and in­clu­sion with Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil, said: “We strive to make the ap­pli­ca­tion process as sim­ple and ac­ces­si­ble as we can, and 97 per­cent of par­ents who ap­plied on time for a pri­mary place in Not­ting­ham re­ceived their first or sec­ond choice school this year.

“The city coun­cil is also one of few lo­cal au­thor­i­ties that re­tains a faceto-face school ad­mis­sions ad­vi­sory ser­vice. We have tried to find a so­lu­tion for Ms Shaw but mid-year ap­pli­ca­tions are of­ten dif­fi­cult as many city school places are al­ready taken up. She con­tacted us in mid-fe­bru­ary to ap­ply for an in-year place and did not make the full six pref­er­ences.

“The schools she ap­plied to were all full and she went on to the wait­ing lists. Ms Shaw did not ex­er­cise her right of an in­de­pen­dent ap­peal for any of the schools.

“Ms Shaw re-ap­plied in July – with­out all avail­able pref­er­ences made and to schools that were un­for­tu­nately full.

“There are places avail­able at schools close to Ms Shaw’s home and we are happy to dis­cuss these op­tions, in or­der to en­sure her son has a school place.”

Danielle Shaw with son Kyian at home in St Ann’s

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