Mum: 'Nothing is for certain' with primary school places

A mother-of-two has said she has taken "nothing for certain" when trying to get her youngest son into primary school, after the family were initially left out in the cold when trying to find a school for their eldest child.

Sally Johnson, who lives with her family in south London told Daybreak they "had a really bad experience" when trying to get six-year-old Joshua into a nearby school last year.

"We didn't get any of our six schools that we had put down and were given a school further out that just wouldn't have suited our family life. So that was really stressful!"

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Thousands of children miss out on primary school places

Thousands of children have missed out on their parents' first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places. Around one in seven children have missed out on their first choice.