A devoted mum is fighting for her child to attend a special school
PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 December 2017
A Weston mum has vowed to go to court to fight for her disabled son to attend a special school as she fears he will be isolated and labelled a ‘special child’ in mainstream education.
Lucas Rodgers, aged 10, suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has high sensory needs. He is still in nappies and can lash out at people if he feels stressed.
His mum Amy Legg was hoping Lucas would get into Westhaven School, but instead he’s been given a place at Hans Price Academy where Amy fears he will become isolated.
She said: “My son’s education, health and care plan (EHC) has been rejected and without it he can’t go to Westhaven School.
“He’s still in nappies, I still have to wipe his bum and sometimes I have to dress him.
“He has severe social and communication problems. He also attacks people when he can’t cope with his environment.
“When one child gets wind he’s still in nappies, he’ll have a horrible time. I can’t let that happen.
“He’s at Uphill Primary School. He’s been excluded twice for attacking people and he can’t go on school trips.
“They are coping with him but it’s a very small school, it’s nothing like secondary school. He’s just not going to thrive or cope there.
“Lucas is extremely bright and he wants to go to Westhaven to be with other children like him.
“He will have to be isolated in a mainstream school. He’ll never make friends, he’ll just be known as the special child.”
The EHC plan has replaced the statements of special educational needs (SEN) and learning difficulties assessments and sets out what support a child needs.
If a plan is refused by the local authority families can appeal.
Amy said: “I’m going to appeal and if it’s rejected I’m going to take it to court. He can’t go to mainstream secondary school.
“Disabled children should be cared for and supported. How bad does someone have to be to get some support?”
North Somerset Council does not comment on individual cases, but a spokesman said: “When a parent is distressed or concerned about a decision we can meet with them and look at ways to support the family.
“The parent can also exercise their right to an appeal which is fully explained to them in the decision letter they receive.”