Mother-of-two claims she spends £2,000-a month on the school run after son was denied a place at four local schools

The Mail is reporting that a mother-of-two claims she is forced to spend £2,000 a month on the school run after her son was denied a place at four local primary schools…

Frustrated Louise Beard, 26, from Orpington, South London, says she spends around £100 per day ensuring four-year-old Archie gets to school.

But instead of walking her son to the local school like most parents, she is forced to drive 25 miles to Archie’s current school in Kings Hill, Kent.

The accounts manager then drops her two-year-old daughter Poppy at a nearby nursery, before parking at the closest train station and getting the train to work in south Bromley – just a few miles from her home.

And at the end of the day, she has to do the entire journey in reverse, before picking them up from a childminder.

She eventually gets the children home at around 8pm – 13 hours after they leave the house every morning…

Mrs Beard and recruitment manager husband Byron, 30, have already spent around £12,000 on the school run since Archie started in September.

They say they spend the money on petrol, train tickets, parking, a childminder, breakfast club and nursery fees.

Now the couple are so fed up with the daily grind that they have decided they have no choice but to sell their £400,000 home and move closer to the school.

A spokesman for Bromley Council refused to comment on the case specifically…

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Comments

  1. FionaTipper

    SchoolsImprove there’s probably a nearby Independent which would cost less than £2k a month! Not the point of course but less travel

  2. FionaTipper

    SchoolsImprove there’s probably a nearby Independent which would cost less than £2k a month! Not the point of course but less travel

  3. Pippilongstocking

    Their Local Authority is obliged to provide transport to the nearest available school if over 2 miles away. There is a big hole in this story. I suspect a place at the 5th school was offered.

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