Desperately Seeking An Answer
Oh my god!!! I cannot believe that I am posting this!!
Once again I am annoyed and thoroughly p****d off with the system and the way in which ASD kids are treated. We are trying to get our daughter moved to a school more suited to her needs, as her current one has been placed in special measures, due to quite honestly by an idiot calling himself an education minister and an idiot calling herself a head mistress pretty much in equal measures. I know that sounds really harsh but it has taken us three years just to receive this unsatisfactory conclusion.
It has taken both of us around nine years of solid work, arguments and clinical testing to obtain an ASD “label” for our daughter who is now 14 and about to move into her two year GCSE phase. She recieves no help or consideration by her current schoo,l and attempts to fit into a main stream secondary academy, and although she appears “normal” ( I hate that word) she is in need of considerable additional help. We have asked the school for help in obtaining a statement for her but have been declined at every opportunity for no discernable reason!
We have found a suitable nearby school who specialise in supporting and nurturing ASD secondary children, but have been told a statement needs to be in place, thats no problem we thought. We contacted the relevant local authority and submitted all the evidance required including a clinical diagnosis ( all of which are from the same county) and have been told it will take twenty weeks!! (“About February/March time” we were casually told)
To say I was gobsmacked is an understatement. We explained that Siobhan doesnt have twenty weeks to spare for what is at best a formality, when asked what the reason is for such a long time frame, we were told it is the “process” and that she will need to be assessed, baring in mind she has already been assessed clinically possibly from the same person, or even worse, another person in the same building, this just seems ludicrous.
Dear Chris Heaton-Harris,
daughter and her education.
our daughter to a more suitable school because she is registered disabled
(Autistic) and her current education provider are not meeting her needs due to
current education guidelines.
speaking to one of the team today (Nicole at the Education Health and Care
Team) we have been informed it will take minimum of 20 weeks to arrive at some
kind of conclusion, even though she has medically been diagnosed as Autistic/disabled
within Northamptonshire at CAMHS. She also has support from the Autistic
outreach team, also from the Delos community support team.
this information both clinical and social, has been forwarded to the EHCP team,
so really we are unsure why it is going to take another 20 weeks to deliver a
verdict as to whether she receives an educational statement (required for
Northgate School) especially in light of the fact she has had this diagnosis
within Northamptonshire for the last two years.
her two GCSE years we feel this is a totally unacceptable timeline. Bearing in mind, out of the twenty weeks,
nine of which are delayed due to the school holidays within this timeframe.
to our meeting at Northgate School of Arts in Northampton,
we were assured there is a place open for Siobhan at that school in September,
and they would fully support and understand that she has
autism/dyspraxia/co-ordinaltional dysfunctional disorder and is disabled. However we feel her place is going to be put in
jeopardy due to the timeframe involved (20 weeks) not to mention her
educational needs as I have re-iterated before.
you will see from the attachment, this has been a reasonably recent request to
move her to a new, more suitable school, however the final nail in the coffin
was that her school has been put into special measures within the last two
months. This is just a culmination of a
comedy of errors over the last two years regarding our daughter’s education, (of
which this letter is not the time or place to discuss these errors, however if
required we are happy to speak in person), due to the proximity of her GCSE’s
this cannot continue.
understand the short timeframe regarding this matter, and are not asking for
any special treatment for our daughter, but we feel she has been very unfairly treated
and overlooked on many occasions at her current school. As conscientious parents we believe she has
the right, to be treated with respect and dignity and feel this is not being
have been asking for the last four years for her school to support the application
for a statement regarding our daughter, which has been denied countless times,
with no discernible reasons given, and of which neither us, nor the Deputy Head
of Northgate School could fathom the reason why.
outcome we are asking from yourself, is help in securing a speedy expedition in
obtaining a statement for our daughter Siobhan, to enable her to continue her education, and
reach her full potential in an environment that is more fitting to her needs,
both holistically and educationally.
look forward to your swift reply,