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so, it's dd1's last day at school today....

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silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 08:53:39



no idea what the LA have planned for her re: school placement, as they are ignoring our letters.

just when we were on an even keel too.

oh well, a life without drama is no life at all (or something)

merlincat Thu 21-Jul-11 09:01:34

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HairyMaclary Thu 21-Jul-11 09:03:12

Oh no - does the school not go up any higher (in age I mean!) I've just been in touch with a friend in a very similar position except the letter from the LEA arrived today and she needs to get loads of information from the school before they all leave for the holidays in order to lodge an appeal. The timing is too suspicious to be accidental.....

HairyMaclary Thu 21-Jul-11 09:03:57

PS where did you do your BS (QTS) - I saw that you were 99/00. I did the same finishing the same year!

silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 09:06:02

her (private, hard fought for) SN school is closing as of today. it was a sudden decision, we've had a couple of weeks notice.

I just wish we knew what the LA were thinking - knowing what you are up against is half the battle...

she has skipped off happy as always this morning, I don't think it has fully sunk in yet. she has been doing countdowns (last one swimming, last one horse riding etc) but I think part of her is calculating htis as "last one before school holidays"...

silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 09:09:50

thanks Hairy - how is your ds getting on? in another life dd1 coudl have been alongside him!

I am suspicious of the lack of communication form the LA - just speaking form experience... but I don't like how we are heading out of term and into that wasteland known as the summer holidays - when did anythign ever get decided by an LA in August?!

was at Brighton for my teaching degree - was a condensed job - full degree and QTS in 2 years.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 21-Jul-11 09:12:34

oh blimey silverfrog! Do you know where you'd like her to go, are there any other options nearby?

HairyMaclary Thu 21-Jul-11 09:16:31

Oh crikey - that's not good - there's no option for staying there then! Not the same place for degree then - I was in London.

I think it's very suspicious about the LEA - I think they like to make it even harder for the 'difficult' parents.

DS doing very very well, fully integrated now and flying along socially and academically - it's been a great year. Next year may well bring more challenges as we may have major ops to contend with as well.

silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 09:22:26

we have an offer of a place, Ninja, and have informed LA of this. in theory, it could be as easy as a straightfroward transfer.

it is the always sensitive bit of adapting the statement that is the problem... and no option but to change the statement!

that's brilliant news about your ds, Hairy - you must be very proud smile major ops doesn't sound good - hope they go as well as they possibly can.

merlincat Thu 21-Jul-11 10:03:17

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silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 10:09:45

not in Brighton, no. thanks anyway smile

am chasing the LA today. it'll all get sorted in the end (it did last time, and I have to believe it will again, as otherwise, well, there just isn't an alternative!)

but it's just the runaround from the LA that is so unnecessary...

vjg13 Thu 21-Jul-11 10:16:14

Really keep bashing away at the LA over the next few days because IME they will all be 'on holiday' for the next six weeks and you'll get no sense at all from them. Good luck smile

silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 10:24:21

yep. that's the problem (I know it well from our last round of fights!).

but on the other hand, they do not have this luxury. come September, they are legally obliged ot have a school place for dd1...

still no word, btw. am on repeat dial.

IndigoBell Thu 21-Jul-11 10:44:43

Are you happy with the place you have been offered?

Is it another indep school? SS?

silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 10:46:28

yes, we are happy with the offer. it's another ABA school. pros and cons, obviously (not least any change of school), but overall it would be a good move for dd1.

...just need the statement transfer....

IndigoBell Thu 21-Jul-11 10:50:01

I'm sure it will happen then smile

Like you say the LEA have to place her somewhere - and this school want her.

silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 10:57:45

there is a large part of me that wants to share that optimism grin

<then there is the part that went through over 3 years of squabbles to even get dd1's statement...>

it will be what it iwll be, and we are more than ready to fight our argument again if needs be.

but a sign of life from the LA would be good...

silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 12:41:28

well.... there is movement at the LA....

Case Officer is talking to her manager....

<awaits actual news>

EllenJaneisnotmyname Thu 21-Jul-11 12:47:17

Crossing everything for you, Silverfrog. I can't imagine how you're feeling, hope this limbo gets sorted out very soon.

silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 13:18:18

thanks, EllenJane.

it's the limbo that is the killer - once we know where we all stand, we can get on with sorting out whatever needs to be sorted out.

but until then......

<idly files nails; eats chocolate; checks the phone is working etc grin>

coff33pot Thu 21-Jul-11 14:58:54

tick ....tick....tick.......grin Have they phoned yet?

I do hope they are quick about it for you and dd x

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 21-Jul-11 15:39:57

you wouldn't think it was that hard to work out that someone needs to speak to a manager to get things going. Our sen team only answer phones between 10 and 12, hardly easily accessible hmm I agree with the worst bit being the waiting, mainly because you can't do anything until you know one way or the other.

<offers tea and cake>

justaboutWILLfinishherthesis Thu 21-Jul-11 16:04:24

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silverfrog Thu 21-Jul-11 16:23:37

<hollow laugh re: news>

nothing as yet. clearly the manager is actually in another time zone, or something.

have just got back from collecting dd1 - had a small party for everyone to say goodbye and thankyou - not a dry eye in the house.

so, the end of an era, but the start of a new one - whatever, and wherever that may be <sniff>

thanks for the cake, Ninja - have just scoofed loads at dd1's school, but more always welcome grin (will be the size of a house by the time we hear anything at this rate!)

coff33pot Thu 21-Jul-11 17:43:02

The manager is probably looking around to see where his cake has disapeared to grin

hope your dd doesnt get too upset about it. At least it is now holidays so no one is going to school so she wont see difference for a while and hopefully some more positive news will turn up x

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