I have lived in Brent in London for 15 years, and applied for a school place this year for my four-year-old daughter along with everyone else. Brent hasn’t offered her a place at a single school and I don’t know where to turn. I am a full-time working mum and my daughter has been in nursery since she was 15months old. The LEA advised that I should keep her at home – but this is neither possible or realistic. She turns five in January 2012, and I understand the council has a legal obligation to give her a school place by then, but that is three months away yet. I am worried we will be offered a place in a school miles away that I simply won’t be able to get to, which makes the whole situation feel even worse. All my daughter’s friends from nursery have started this term and it is heart-breaking for all of us.
Mrs AG’s story