Mum desperate to find school for son

Kidderminster Shuttle: School plea: Donna Reid with her son Liam, who has a complex condition and is desperate to get into a school. Buy this photo » School plea: Donna Reid with her son Liam, who has a complex condition and is desperate to get into a school.

AN eight-year-old sensory disorder sufferer with special educational needs has been left without a school to go as nowhere will cater for his complex condition.

The situation has reduced young Liam Reid to tears as he has to stay at home where he is now schooled by his mother Donna, while other Wyre Forest children returned to classes this month.

The youngster, whose disorder is a result of the devastating after-effects of meningitis he suf fered as a baby, “just wants to be like his friends” and go to class , said Mrs Reid, who was forced to pull him out of his special needs school last June when he was unable to cope there .

She said Liam, who finds it dif-ficult to deal with school settings, had been attending the Vale of Evesham School – some 30 miles from his Stourpor t home – but his anxiety became so bad he could not deal with his daily life .

Since then, Mrs Reid, 47, who has had to give up her job as a fitness instructor to look after her son, said she had struggled to find him a school and has hit out at Worcestershire County Council for doing “nothing” to help .

“The children are all back at school and my son has cried his eyes out because he hasn ’t got a school and he just wants to be like his friends and go to school,” she said.

“He’ s only eight and he’ s getting really depressed. I phoned mainstream schools but because he needs 30 hours a week, one on one , they won’ t take him on.

“He can ’t cope in a classroom environment. They say they can ’t meet his needs but where’ s he supposed to go?

“The council promised me they would find a school but they’ve done nothing. I’m only asking if he can go for one hour a da y.”

She added being out of school had left Liam feeling “lonely”, as it had caused him to develop a phobia of leaving the house .

“He wants to go to school now – he’s ready. All I ask is that there’s a school that would be patient enough and that would learn enough about him.”

Liam suffered streptococcal meningitis when he was six weeks old and has been dealing with the after-effects ever since .

All his senses have been affected and he finds it difficult to focus . He also has joint pain as well as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

A spokeswoman said the county council was unable to comment on individual cases but added: “Children with a statement of Special Educational needs (SEN) are placed in appropriate provision by SEN services and not by the general admissions process."

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8:07am Thu 23 Jan 14

stour67 says...

Have you asked if you could be with him at a school as the 1 to 1 being as now you have had to give up work ,you would be able to ,just a thought ,and it.s all about money.
Have you asked if you could be with him at a school as the 1 to 1 being as now you have had to give up work ,you would be able to ,just a thought ,and it.s all about money. stour67

9:35am Thu 23 Jan 14

Accompanist says...

Have you approached the Wyre Forest School which caters for special needs chidren and is on the site of the old King Charles grammar school in Kidderminster-a wonderful school.
Have you approached the Wyre Forest School which caters for special needs chidren and is on the site of the old King Charles grammar school in Kidderminster-a wonderful school. Accompanist

6:06pm Thu 23 Jan 14

hatnowski says...

I can relate to this so much my 5yr old son had been out of school for 9 weeks before Christmas due to a failed attempt to move him to Sutton park primary. The LEA and SEN services departments in Worcestershire are an absolute disgrace , I am currently taking matters further with them to bring my issues to light! Have u been in contact with parent partnership?? They are amazing and will help you all they can. Good luck, they seem to forget that at the centre of all their beurocracy is a child who deserves an education in a setting that is conducive to THEIR individual needs!!
I can relate to this so much my 5yr old son had been out of school for 9 weeks before Christmas due to a failed attempt to move him to Sutton park primary. The LEA and SEN services departments in Worcestershire are an absolute disgrace , I am currently taking matters further with them to bring my issues to light! Have u been in contact with parent partnership?? They are amazing and will help you all they can. Good luck, they seem to forget that at the centre of all their beurocracy is a child who deserves an education in a setting that is conducive to THEIR individual needs!! hatnowski

3:16am Fri 24 Jan 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

Clearly the authorities are making excuses for failing to fulfill his statement. You should be compensated for everyday of schooling he has missed and the effect it has had on your income. It is a disgraceful situation for you to be in, especially with this level of disclosure being required to get attention. Shame on those that bellitle your predicament. How would they feel if the situation were their own?
Clearly the authorities are making excuses for failing to fulfill his statement. You should be compensated for everyday of schooling he has missed and the effect it has had on your income. It is a disgraceful situation for you to be in, especially with this level of disclosure being required to get attention. Shame on those that bellitle your predicament. How would they feel if the situation were their own? DOEPUBLIC

4:59pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Barefoot and different says...

I am the parent of two disabled children and have experienced similar to this in the past I must say that the Local Authority is a total disgrace all they offered us was residential care for our eldest son who has Autism and challenging behaviour.
Keep battling and never give up!
I am the parent of two disabled children and have experienced similar to this in the past I must say that the Local Authority is a total disgrace all they offered us was residential care for our eldest son who has Autism and challenging behaviour. Keep battling and never give up! Barefoot and different

10:32am Sat 25 Jan 14

vassenden says...

quote taken from Shuttle. “Children with a statement of Special Educational needs (SEN) are placed in appropriate provision by SEN services and not by the general admissions process."

So in view of this quote, what are they then doing about this case, no doubt put it to the bottom of the pile.
Come on County Council do your job and stop hiding behind the " No comment" banner.
Who is the parliamentary representative for Worcester, doesn't he want to get a cabinet post, E mail him , telephone him , keep at him. If enough publicity is made of your problem he will do something, he doesn't want to be seen in a bad light.
There is a fantastic school at Clent, but probably has to be paid for, maybe worth a try though.
quote taken from Shuttle. “Children with a statement of Special Educational needs (SEN) are placed in appropriate provision by SEN services and not by the general admissions process." So in view of this quote, what are they then doing about this case, no doubt put it to the bottom of the pile. Come on County Council do your job and stop hiding behind the " No comment" banner. Who is the parliamentary representative for Worcester, doesn't he want to get a cabinet post, E mail him , telephone him , keep at him. If enough publicity is made of your problem he will do something, he doesn't want to be seen in a bad light. There is a fantastic school at Clent, but probably has to be paid for, maybe worth a try though. vassenden

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