Mum pulls her 6-year-old son out of school as '25 minute walk is too far' from home
13 December 2018, 12:28 | Updated: 13 December 2018, 13:34
The 28-year-old mum-of-four claimed that her son's school is too far away from her daughter's school to walk him there - so she's keeping him at home.
A mum has decided to NOT send her son to school as it is too much a walk from her house.
Mum-of-four Kelly Reynolds, 28, has pulled her son Harry, 6, out of school as she says the 25 minute walk from his 8-year-old sister's school is too far for them.
Both of Kelly's children attend schools in Reigate, Surrey, but they are a mile apart and she claims the 25-minute walk between the two is too far, especially as she would need to bring along her youngest two children aged one and two.
As a result she has pulled Harry out from his school, Holmesdale Community Infant School.
Speaking to Surrey Live, Kelly said: "I had to make the terrible decision about what child of mine should go to school as the council aren't willing to provide transportation for Harry to get to Holmesdale.
"Lily is now making friends, having them round for dinner and joining clubs but Harry is completely missing out on that. They have completely and utterly failed my children."
Harry now hasn't attended school for four months.
Kelly and her family moved to Reigate in January in temporary accommodation after they were declared homeless and her eldest children were given places at separate schools.
She reached out to social services for help but said she was told to try and find someone to take him to school for her.
She said: "They want me to let my son go off with someone I don't know, who I am supposed to just ask to take him in?
"I was also told I have to send him to after-school clubs [so I would have time to go and collect Lily] but they cost £370 a month.
"I'm a single mother with four children, that is completely unreasonable. I don't know what else to do."
Surrey County Council have reportedly told Kelly she can appeal the decision on free transport which she has currently been refused.