Route to school is ‘unsafe’ for Ruby Wedgwood from Tallington Lakes

Nicola Wedgwood with her daughter Ruby (5) who are having  school transport problems. They are pictured at home at Tallington Lakes.
Nicola Wedgwood with her daughter Ruby (5) who are having school transport problems. They are pictured at home at Tallington Lakes.
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A single mother has been told she has to pay to send her daughter to school on the bus or walk along a road with no pavement.

Nicola Wedgwood, who lives at Tallington Lakes, had hoped to send her daughter Ruby to Glinton Primary School this September.

Nicola has been banned from driving, but her parents live in Glinton so she hoped they could help collect Ruby until she got her licence 
back.

She was instead offered a place at Langtoft Primary School.

The quickest route by road is three miles via Stowe Road, so under the council’s school policy she would ordinarily be allowed a free bus pass. But because Langtoft is not the closest school to her home, she was told she had to 
pay.

Nicola said: “It’s an unsafe walkway. It’s their duty of care.

“Whether I have lost my licence shouldn’t come into it.

“They can’t make me walk her but I can be threatened with prison if I don’t take her to school.”

Nicola said she had been told she could get free school transport if Ruby was a pupil at Uffington Primary School. But she has been told 
the school is now full for the year.

“I have to bike her to school now,” said Nicola. “It’s unsafe. They have put me in a fight or flight position.”

Nicola wrote to Stamford and Bourne MP Nick Boles to ask for his help, but was told that free transport to Langtoft Primary School was unavailable.

School service manager at Lincolnshire County Council David Robinson said: “This doesn’t qualify for school transport funding support.

“The school the parent has chosen for her daughter isn’t the nearest to their home. In fact this was their third choice of school and their first two preferences were for schools further away and outside the county so wouldn’t have qualified for support 
either.”

“The county council spends £26m on home to school/college transport each year for all those children and young people who qualify for support.”

Children and young people qualify for home to school transport if their nearest school is over two miles away for primaries and over three miles away for secondaries, or if they have disabilities (such as special schools).