Parent facing three-hour round trip to school blames grammars

A mother in Buckinghamshire has spoken out against the “broken system” of school place selection after discovering she now faces up to a three-hour round trip on public transport to get her child to and from class.

 

Karen Adams is one of two mothers in the area who has told the Guardian they may be forced to take their children out of the county to Northamptonshire to secure a school place.

 

Her proposed trip to the new school involves two bus changes and a journey time of up to one and a half hours, despite being a relatively short distance away. Her son, Isaac, has been offered a place at the Elizabeth Woodville school, instead of their preferred local comprehensive, which is within walking distance, and a nearby grammar school, which is a bus ride away.

 

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