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Plymouth school place row 'may cost mother her job'

Andrea Jabangwe and her son
Image caption Andrea Jabangwe's son is due to start school in January

A single mother in Plymouth has claimed she may have to give up work because her four-year-old son has not been allocated a school place near home.

Andrea Jabangwe applied for places at three schools in the Plymstock area for her son Andrew.

But Plymouth City Council said he would have to go to Plympton, nearly four miles (6.4km) away.

The council said if it could not give places to preferred schools, one was allocated at the nearest with a space.

Preferred school

Ms Jabangwe's son, Andrew, is due to start school next January.

She applied for places at the three primary schools closest to their Plymstock home in Hooe, Goosewell and Elburton.

But he was instead offered a place at Plympton St Maurice.

Ms Jabangwe does not drive and said the journey would mean catching three buses each morning.

"This one means I wouldn't be able to get into work on time," she said.

"I don't mind waking up early and getting home late, but it's just ridiculous."

The council said it could not comment on her case but said where it was not able to give a place at a parent's preferred school, one would be allocated at the nearest school with a vacancy.

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