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how far 5yrs old can travel to school - HELP

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Asiulka1 Fri 23-Sep-11 06:45:19

Mums - help - we recently moved into new area - after long and difficult process of schoo; application my child has been offered a place in primary school which is 5 miles away from home!!!! Is that acceptable?? HELP!!!

mankyscotslass Fri 23-Sep-11 07:36:53

I think if that's the only school that has places then yes it is (in the LEA eyes)- the LEA are then obliged to provide transport if it is a school they have allocated over 2mls from your home.

Sounds hard though. sad

What year group is your DC on? Have you gone on the waiting lists of closer schools? Or considered an appeal?

crazymum53 Fri 23-Sep-11 08:12:52

The furthest walking distance for this age group is 2 miles so the above poster is correct and the LEA have to help with transport costs.
Although this does seem a long way if you are in a town or city, in many rural areas it would be normal for children of this age to travel this far.
The usual advice is to accept the place for now but to stay on the waiting lists at your local schools until a place comes up.

CustardCake Fri 23-Sep-11 13:39:32

Assuming this is the only school the LEA have offered you and the offer isn;t the result of you turning down other, closer schools then they MUST offer you transport to the school. They cannot opt out of this so make sure you pursue it.
5 miles is not idea but then neither is 2 miles really. At least this way you get transport fees covered. Is the school itself O.K. Have you been able to have a look around.
crazymum53 is right as well - make sure you go on every waiting list for every school near you that you can. The waiting lists aren't firts-come first-served so by living close to any of these schools, you will be placed higher up the lists.

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