A MUM has told how she will have to shut up shop while she picks up her daughter after missing out on her chosen school.
Lesa Birks, 43, and her partner Scott Green, 45, are parents to Otis Green, 22, Romanah Green, 17, Sol Green, 14, Gabe Green, 12, and Nola Green, four.
I don’t drive, so this is going to jeopardise the whole family because it’s just not viable.Lesa Birks
Little Nola currently goes to Barnard Grove Primary School nursery and her mum and dad would have liked her to go to school there as well.
The school was their first choice because it is a 10-minute walk from where Lesa owns a barber’s at King Oswy shops, so she can quite easily pop out to pick Nola up at home time.
Nola also struggled to settle at nursery and had to have one-to-one support, and Lesa feels that by taking her out of the setting would be too disruptive for her.
Lesa and Scott, of Runciman Road, also have links with the school spanning 19 years, as all their children were educated there.
Lesa’s second choice was St John Vianney’s School and third was Clavering Primary School.
But the family were not given any of their choices, with the council selecting St Joseph’s Primary School, in Musgrave Street, Hartlepool, which is across the other side of town.
Lesa, who is currently taking the decision through an appeal, said: “I don’t drive, so this is going to jeopardise the whole family because it’s just not viable.
“I’d have to get a bus to take Nola and pick her up, which will be an hour and a half round trip each time.
“I run a barber’s shop, so that means I will have to close during those times.
“My daughter Romanah is also an apprentice there, and I don’t know whether she’d be able to carry on.
“If Nola could go to Barnard Grove, I would have to nip out of the shop for 10 minutes while I collected her and then she comes back to the barber’s with me until I close.
“Her dad is a contractor and works away, so it’s not as if he can help.
“I didn’t get any of my choices and they’ve put Nola in a school that’s not in our area.
“It’s been absolutely heart-breaking. I just hope they can see.”