Mum 'will fight on' in school place row
A mother is keeping her child at home in a row over which school he goes to.
Tina Mullett is refusing to send her four-year-old son to a school four miles away because she wants him to attend a school 250 yards from her home, with his siblings.
Ms Mullett, 31, of Braunstone Town, admitted she missed the application deadline by 24 hours but said it was because she was recovering from a back injury at the time.
She said: "His siblings Alfie, nine, and six-year-old Ruby go to Ravenhurst Primary, where I also work as a dinner lady.
"As far as we were concerned, it was always the case that Thomas would follow them.
"When Thomas was at nursery, he was taken to Ravenhurst to show him what the big school he was going to looked like.
"He loved it and was very excited about going to the same place as his brother and sister."
Ms Mullett, a mother of four, said: "When they told me Thomas had not got in, I appealed.
"I was not able to attend the appeal hearing because I was suffering from post-natal depression.
"The council said I should send Thomas to a school in Enderby, which is about four miles away. They said they would send a taxi so he could get there.
"How crazy is that? Apart from the waste of money, I am not going to put my four-year-old son in a taxi on his own."
Ms Mullett said she would keep Thomas off school. "I have been told by the council that if I don't send Thomas to this school in Enderby I will be fined. Let them," she said.
"I am going to contact my MP and see what can be done."
She said she was now off work sick with stress and depression because of the situation.
"It is affecting my health and Thomas is very upset and confused," she said.
"We walk to school with his brother and sister and he asks why he isn't going to school with them.
"I was at work the other day and some of his friends asked where he was. I could not take it any more. I broke down and had to go home.
"Thomas should go the same school as his brother and sister. It just makes sense."
A spokesman for the county council said: "Every year, we use newsletters, magazine adverts, posters, radio, schools and other channels to raise awareness of the need to apply on time.
"Applying late means you have the lowest priority and if the school is full, parents will have to take-up places elsewhere.
"We sympathise with the parent and an independent appeals panel considered this case. Unfortunately for the parents, the panel did not find in favour of their appeal.
"A second appeal can be granted if people are able to demonstrate significant and material change in their circumstances since the initial appeal.
"We have, in the meantime, offered the family an alternative school."