Mum asks MP's help to find a school for her autistic son

A MUM is fighting to get her autistic son a place at school. Kim Cook, of Cabot Way, Worle, says her 12-year-old son Ben has not been able to go to school this September because North Somerset Council has not found him a place. Mrs Cook was told at the en

A MUM is fighting to get her autistic son a place at school.Kim Cook, of Cabot Way, Worle, says her 12-year-old son Ben has not been able to go to school this September because North Somerset Council has not found him a place.Mrs Cook was told at the end of the summer term she had to find a new school for Ben. But a list she has been given of potential schools includes some in Ayrshire, Scotland.Ben needs a place at a special school as his autism means he has limited speech and little awareness of danger.The mother-of-two has formally complained to North Somerset Council and written to Weston MP John Penrose to ask for help.Mrs Cook said: "Ben needs an education as much as the next child. "I was given a week's notice from the last school that he wouldn't have a place in September and the council hasn't found him anywhere yet."I keep asking what is being done but am told nobody knows."Every school that gets suggested is further and further away and it might even end up with him boarding."I read in the news about a boy with autism who had been off school for four years because there wasn't a suitable place. I'm really worried about how long it will take to get Ben placed."He needs special schooling because he does not know when he is in trouble and can't communicate properly to tell people if he does need help, but that's no reason not to go to school."A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "We cannot comment on individual cases. We always try to match a child's individual needs with a placement in the most appropriate school. North Somerset has a full range of provision to meet the needs of those children and young people on the autistic spectrum.


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