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Mum battles for primary school place in Walton
4:00pm Tuesday 24th June 2014 in News
A MUM-of-two is being forced to home-school her son while she battles for a primary school place.
Heidi Mills, 37, of Second Avenue, Walton, has nowhere to send eldest son Tyler, six, after being told he was on a waiting list at Walton-on-the-Naze Primary school, just under a mile away from her new home.
Mrs Mills, who lived in Braintree until seven weeks ago, suffers from epilepsy - meaning she is unable to drive the three mile journey to Kirby School which has places available for Tyler and his four year old brother Logan.
She has been home-schooling Tyler since April while her husband Elliot works on a building site in the town.
She said: “I’m desperate for help. If I were to take them out of school for a holiday this long, we would be in trouble but I’m trying to do the right thing.
“I’ve been passed from pillar to post. My children are the ones losing out here.”
Essex County Council confirmed places at the Walton school had already been filled and the year groups required by Tyler and Logan are already at capacity.
A spokesman said places have been allocated for the youngsters at Kirby Primary and said Mrs Mills could apply for school transport to make the travel manageable.
The family has launched an appeal.