MP intervenes to help mum with school run from hell

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MP intervenes to help mum with school run from hell
MP intervenes to help mum with school run from hell

A mum is thrilled to have got her children into the same Wickford schools after her local MP stepped in to help.

The Enquirer reported back in August how Laura Atkins, 30, of Farne Drive had three of her children attending three different schools after her school admissions appeal got turned down.

It meant her seven-year-old, who had attended Wickford Infant School, would not be moving up to Wickford Juniors with his older brother.

Harrison, 7, was due  to start at Hilltops Junior School nearly two miles away from Wickford Junior and Infants School.

Laura, who doesn’t drive, also has an eight-month-old boy that she would have had to have taken in his buggy to get the older children to school.

Last week, Laura had a phone call to say that her son Harrison had been moved to Wickford Junior School.

Moved

She said: “I had given up hope and was getting very upset about what and how I was going to take three children to three different schools by 9am but then completely out of the blue I got a phone call from Essex County Council saying that he would be going to the same school as my older son.

“I am thrilled, so happy. It’s going to make life a lot easier – I’m only going to have to go to one part of Wickford and not have to get on three different buses to Wickford town centre for two of the schools and then go to Shotgate.”

Mark Francois MP for Wickford said: “I am very pleased to hear that my constituent Laura has succeeded in getting her children into the same school. I know situations like this can be extremely worrying for parents but I am relieved to see that in this case common sense has obviously prevailed”

Laura added: “The next constituent’s surgery was in October but they agreed to help me sooner so thank you very much to Mark Francois and his team for the help.”

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