Mum faces Britain’s longest school run with six-hour round trip because local school was full

The Mirror is reporting that a mum whose son was refused a place at a school five minutes away says she has been left with Britain’s longest school run – a six hour round-trip.

Natasha Turnbull, 40, will have to travel for three hours in the morning and again in the afternoon to get her four-year-old son Jack to his class.

She says she’s been left with the nightmare trip despite living just 700 metres away from her local village schools.

The mum-of-one, who does not drive, says her only alternative is travelling to the neighbouring village which is just four miles away but is only serviced by buses every two hours.

She said: “It’s appalling – I’m going to have to drag Jack out of bed so early because the bus afterwards will make him late for school…”

Despite there being 60 Reception class places up for grabs at her local school in Pembury, Kent, 40 of those were taken up by siblings of kids already studying there.

Natasha tried and failed to appeal the decision, and says she has no other option than enrol him in a school in Brenchley…

The only other option offered by the Kent County Council is a free transport scheme, but because no other children in the village face the same problem, they would pay for a taxi to take Jack to school.

Natasha explained that this was a huge issue because she would not be able to ride in the taxi with her son due to safety reasons.

She said: “I would never put him in a taxi and wave bye bye – not in his first year…”

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It seems unfortunate that the child hasn’t got a place at the local school, but in fairness to the local authority, they have offered a free taxi which the mother has turned down.

What do you think of the mother’s reasoning here – is she right not to accept the taxi alternative?

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  1. Britinfloridaus

    2/3 rd of an intake as siblings would not be high for some inner city areas but for Pembury a large village on the fringe of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge is a surprise. What us even more of a surprise is that Skinners Kent Academy which is near than Brenchley were advertising vacancies in July. Or is it that Kent do not allocate to non maintained schools. Also it is a single bus journey.

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