I've just been reading this article on the BBC
and I am wondering what position are the parents left in, under UK law. Consider for example, like in the story, a child (let's say 4) doesn't get into any of their six preferred schools. They are offered another school that is unsuitable for any reason you like (faith school, trouble with gangs, too far away to be practical).
What are the parents' options? Doesn't the law say they MUST have their child in education? Is home schooling possible? Can the state tell them that their child must go to a school that has been allocated, regardless of their wishes?
EDIT: I'm not asking about the legal position specifically. I'm asking what the parents' options are. Somebody must have experienced this before surely? Many places don't have enough schools for the local population so what happens when they are all full?