For any busy parent, the school run can pose a logistical challenge.

But an Edgerton mum faces an almost-impossible task after her four-year-old son Junaid was allocated a place at Dryclough Infants School, Crosland Moor, despite his older sister Laiba already attending Birkby Infants.

Chandra Akhtar now has a 30-minute round trip twice a day for her son to travel the three-mile journey to Crosland Moor, with the Birkby school just four minutes’ walk away.

Ms Akhtar is adamant she filled out two applications in 2011 for her daughter to start reception last September and her son to start this year.

But her receipt for Junaid’s place never arrived and back in January she asked Kirklees Council to confirm his place, only to be told to fill in a second application ‘to be on the safe side’.

Mrs Akhtar, 30, who is expecting her third child in April, said: “There is no way I can drop off both my children at school and pick them up at the same time. Their uncle Shoaib, six, also goes to the Birkby school.

“I believe the only reason my son wasn’t allocated a place at Birkby Infants is because his application was lost, but this has never been investigated.

“I was told to resubmit a second application to be on the safe side, which was marked LATE because it had missed the deadline. I believe as a direct consequence he has not been allocated a place because they didn’t look for the first form.

“I have appealed to the Ombudsman, but because I don’t have a receipt I cannot prove it.

“Junaid was in tears when we took his sister to school on Monday as he wanted to go in.

“He is only four so he doesn’t understand why he can’t go to the same school.”

A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “Unfortunately Mrs Akhtar contacted us about her concerns about her son’s placement at school only after the deadline for receiving applications had expired.

4-yr-old Junaid Akhtar refused a place at Birkby Infants School even though his 5-yr-old sister Laiba and 6-yr-old uncle Shoaib both attend the school and all three children live at the same address
4-yr-old Junaid Akhtar refused a place at Birkby Infants School even though his 5-yr-old sister Laiba and 6-yr-old uncle Shoaib both attend the school and all three children live at the same address
 

“Mrs Akhtar asked for a new application form to submit in respect of her son and on it Mrs Akhtar confirmed that she was not sure whether she had completed an application form in the past and held no evidence to confirm she had.

“The council and schools have a robust process to ensure “on time” applications are kept and considered at the appropriate time; in this instance no “on time’’ application form could be located for Mrs Akhtar’s son.

“The council has a responsibility to consider all of those applications that are received on time first and at the end of this process there were regretfully no places left.

“We sympathise with Mrs Akhtar’s position, however, we were not able to allocate a place to her son at the school, however he will be placed on the waiting list for the school.”