Parents blame councils for lack of school places

Parents whose children have to attend schools far from home because of a lack of local places say they are paying the price for poor council planning.

Sharon Chapman, a mother from Bearsted in Kent, has to travel 80 miles a week to take her four-year-old daughter to school because she was not allocated a place closer to home.

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Crisis in primary school places

Parents facing long journeys to get their children to school because of a lack of local places are blaming councils for the problem, saying there has been a lack of proper planning.