Gran fights for school place for tired Kaden (5)

Sharon Alder with her grandson Kaden Alder 5, who has to travel to Fishtoft School from Carlton Road, Boston, because local schools are full.
Sharon Alder with her grandson Kaden Alder 5, who has to travel to Fishtoft School from Carlton Road, Boston, because local schools are full.

THE grandmother of a five-year-old boy has been forced to take her grandson out of school two days a week, after he became too tired from constant travelling between Boston and Fishtoft.

Kaden Alder has been travelling back and forth between his Carlton Road home and Fishtoft Primary School since September, despite the fact he lives just metres away from Carlton Road Primary School.

Now, the time and distance has started taking its toll on little Kaden, and his grandmother Sharon has removed him from the school two days a week.

Mrs Alder told The Standard: “I tried to apply for the three nearest schools and he could not get into any of them at all. He was rejected because they were all full.

“He’s only really getting three days of education because he’s so tired by Thursday and Friday.

“I’ve tried to appeal to get him into a local school but they’re full to capacity with a waiting list.

“He should be in a local school.”

She said Kaden is currently studying using worksheets on his days off..

It is four-and-a-half miles from Kaden’s home to the school in Gaysfield Road, Fishtoft. The council provides a bus service from the town centre. Carlton Road Primary School is just a 15 minute walk away.

Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed that Kaden is on the waiting list at Carlton Road, but there are 17 other children who are also waiting for a place. Other local schools – Park Primary School and Staniland Primary School – also have waiting lists, although these are smaller.

Meredith Teasdale, assistant director of children’s services, said: “We understand and sympathise that this is not an ideal situation for Kaden but if local schools are full to capacity we have done all we can to get him into the nearest available school, providing the transport.”

Ms Teasdale added that extensions had recently taken place at several schools in Boston, but there was a rapidly increasing demand in the area.

Last week, Kaden was offered a place at Hawthorn Tree Primary School, on Toot Lane, as it was now the nearest school with places available.