Please find my Kyian a school to go to
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
MUM DANIELLE HAS BEEN TEACHING HER SON AT HOME SINCE FEBRUARY
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