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Furious mum's 'heart sank' after son didn't get into any of the four schools she applied for

A mum who applied to four schools for her son and didn't get given any of them said her heart sank when she found out and now she's 'fuming'.
Lisa Alexander, 49, said she was "heartbroken" that her son, Kane, 11, didn't get into any of his chosen schools.
Miss Alexander will appeal against the decisions and says she "knows her son and what's best for him."
Kane currently attends Lady Bay Primary School in Nottingham and so she thought in order for him to continue learning with the same group of friends she should apply to the Rushcliffe School and the West Bridgford School, Nottingham Post reports.
She also put down Carlton Academy, because his older sister went there, and Christ the King Church of England School. However, Kane got offered a place at Nottingham Academy.
The council has said because Kane lives outside the catchment area - in Thorneywood - other children were given priority.
Miss Alexander said: "My heart sank when I saw he hadn't got a place at any of the ones we applied for. He was very upset when he found out he wouldn't be going with his friends onto secondary school.
"I am fuming that we didn't get a choice, they say you get to choose four places but to not get any of them completely takes away our right to choose which school. It is very unfair.
"I knew Rushcliffe and West Bridgford are very popular but I had to try and I did put other schools on as well. I am angry that my son is just being seen as a number on a page they are not looking at him as a person and they are not looking at his situation.
"He would benefit from staying in the same school with the same people he is with now. I know my son and what is best for him."
Miss Alexander has said she will appeal every school's decision in the hope that she can get him a place.
She said: "All I can do is appeal each decision and try my hardest to get him where he should be. I am his mother and mums do no stop until they get what they want for their children.
"At this rate it looks like he will not be starting school in September as he does not want to go to Nottingham Academy at all and I know that is not best for him."
Corporate director for children’s services at Nottingham County Council Colin Pettigrew said: “The parent as a city resident made an application through her home local authority, Nottingham City Council, for the four county schools named.
"All her preferred county schools were oversubscribed and places were allocated to children who had higher priority than Kane. Kane’s home local authority will have communicated the outcome of the application to her.”
Ian Jones, education law barrister at Nelsons Solicitors, has explained what parents should do if they are unhappy with which school their child got into.
He said: "You will need to appeal in writing, stating your reason. Many schools use standard forms but sometimes these can be misleading. You can also appeal for more than one school.
"The decision letter should make clear how you appeal. If not, check the school’s website or contact your local authority to find out who to contact.
“The school/council website should also tell you the deadline for submitting an appeal, which must be at least 20 school days after the decision letter. School holidays and weekends don’t count, so if you are given a shorter deadline, you should challenge it."

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