Kent

Kent family left without school place

Lisa Yeates with her eight-year-old daughter Olivia
Image caption Lisa Yeates contacted Kent schools and completed a council application form in April for her daughter

A mother who moved to Kent with her daughter in the summer is still waiting for a primary school place for her child, three weeks into the new term.

Lisa Yeates, of Tonbridge, first contacted Kent schools in April and completed a council application form which she says has not been processed.

Kent County Council said the changes in admissions rules over the summer had created a "huge burden" on the council.

It said it was doing everything it could to find an appropriate school.

Ms Yeates said she was doing home education with her eight-year-old daughter Olivia while they waited for a school place and added: "We just look forward to the neighbour's children coming home so my daughter can interact with children of her own age."

'Major task'

A statement issued by Kent County Council (KCC) said families who moved to the county during term-time used to go directly to schools but now had to apply to the local authority.

It said: "This process was brought in by the previous government to safeguard against families denied places drifting from school to school.

"In seeking to solve this problem, it has created a huge unnecessary burden on the local authority which results in every application being channelled through a single office."

It said KCC had received many hundreds of applications and administering them centrally was a major task.

A spokesman for the Department of Education said: "The Government has been clear that it will be simplifying the admissions code."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites