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Newark: Little Carlton mum talks of 'nightmare' experience trying to get son a place at Southwell Minster secondary school




A mum is set to have to send her children to two different secondary schools in September after losing an appeal.

Shell Smith summed up her experience as a nightmare and will now have to send her 11-year-old son, Nathan, to a school 20 minutes away from their family home.

Shell wanted Nathan to go to Minster school, Southwell, where her older son, Dylan, is a pupil.

Southwell Minster School, Southwell. (6307185)
Southwell Minster School, Southwell. (6307185)

However, Nathan has instead been given a place at the Tuxford Academy.

“He’s gutted. It’s really hard to try and tell an 11 year-old that he’s not going to the same school as his brother,” said Shell, of Little Carlton.

“It’s not practical. It’s a logistical nightmare.”

Nathan is on a waiting list for a spot at Minster School and could have to wait until September for confirmation as to where he will be going to school.

“We could find out the week before he’s due to start,” Shell said. “I’m gutted for Nathan. It’s just rubbish.”

The family moved from Coddington to Little Carlton in the hope it would help Nathan get a place at his preferred school.

Yet, even after their move, Nathan was just outside of the Minster School catchment area.

The boys spend half of the week living with their father in Mansfield, and Shell had originally applied for Dylan, 13, to attend Samworth Church Academy.

Shell said: “In this day and age, all siblings should go to the same school.

“All I want is for my son to get a place. It’s upsetting seeing how it’s going to affect Nathan.”

Shell and Nathan now face a nervous wait to see if he reaches the top of the waiting list at Minster School before starting year seven.

“The appeal process was worse than an interview. It’s your child’s future in their hands,” Shell said.



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