Girl, 4, Rejected By NINE Schools

A mum has pleaded for help after her four-year-old daughter was rejected by NINE schools in her local area.

Estelle Perrons should have started term last September but no school in her catchment area has enough space to take her.

Now her mum Emily, 26, is home schooling her daughter while she appeals to local authority bosses to step in.

Emily has two older daughters - Elizabeth, 10, and Eve, eight, at St Mary's Primary School, Nottingham, and hoped Estelle would follow in their footsteps.

But she was told there was no space and so she had to look elsewhere – but eight months on she has had no joy.

The only offer Estelle has had is six miles away – but her mum doesn't drive and also has to walk her other daughters to school two miles away. Emily, from Sherwood, in Nottingham, said: "It's ridiculous, I am now facing the option that my daughter might not go to any school.

"She is going to nursery for three mornings a week but she is the oldest there as she is nearly five and the nursery is saying they can't cater for her much longer.

"Now I just want her in any school I can physically get to. I have appealed all nine schools' decisions but it is looking unlikely.

"It would have been nice for her to be with her sisters as I don't want them split up but that doesn't seem like an option.

"I was working at Argos before I had children and I just want any job now.

"If I can't get Estelle into school I won't be able to get a job and the Government will make me go on Job Seeker's Allowance.

"I don't want to claim benefits, I want to work. It is not my fault there are not enough school places.

"We are already walking four miles a day and if we do get the bus a family ticket is £9. To get to Clifton as well would mean spending nearly £20 a day just on bus fares.

"All I want is for Estelle to be in school and get an education.

"I have started looking to see if we can move because I think that will have to be the last resort."

Geraldine Kelly, head teacher at St Mary's, in the Sherwood area of Nottingham said they faced a difficult task having to turn down places for children.

She said: "We are popular because we get results and are rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. It is difficult but we have to turn down some parents."

Councillor David Mellen, portfolio holder for children's services for Nottingham City Council, has pledged that a place will be found at every school.

He said: "We are working very hard to offer every child a place as quickly as possible."