Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Three-Hour Round Trip

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Three-Hour Round Trip

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TULSE HILL TO WIMBLEDON, 5.5 MILES

A SHORTAGE of places at decent local schools has forced a 15-year-old girl tomake a three-hour round trip to lessons. Tiye Walcott gets up at 6am and takestwo buses and a train to a school five and a half miles from her Tulse Hillhome.

She does homework at lunchtime because she is too tired in the evening.

Her mother Jackie, 42, finally found her a place after a search that took inseven schools, including three in her home borough, Lambeth. Each time she wastold there was no space. The only school she was satisfied with was RicardsLodge High School for girls in Wimbledon.

Ms Walcott has said of Lambeth council: "They've failed their community byclosing so many schools.

They need to invest in children. The only way to do that is provide a decentschool. Too many children are being left by the wayside." Tiye was turned downby all the Lambeth schools she applied to in 2003, including popularcomprehensive Dunraven, in Streatham, where 60 per cent of pupils achieved atleast five Cs at GCSE last year, including English and maths. …

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