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help - mainstream school possibly refusing statemented child

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ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 18:31:23

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Lougle Thu 06-Sep-12 18:34:18

You haven't mucked it up. But they can refuse to take her if they can't meet the needs.

However, I would want a detailed explanation of:

a) What areas they are concerned with
b) What extra measures could be tried
c) Why they think that even with x, y, z they still couldn't meet her needs
d) What alternative the LA proposes
e) How school y (the school alternatively proposed) differs from school x (the school you asked for)

Don't forget, also, that the LA can override the school.

ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 18:37:47

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insanityscratching Thu 06-Sep-12 18:41:33

Our LA would apply pressure to the school tbh and really the only hopes of the school managing to block an admission would be because of a need for structural alterations.
Does the statement come with funding? Is it more that the school don't want to have to support a statemented child from their funds rather than any real concerns about their ability to provide the support?

Lougle Thu 06-Sep-12 18:45:07

What provisions does the statement specify?

insanityscratching Thu 06-Sep-12 18:46:31

From your second post I'd guess that it's about the funding and I'd say the school don't have a cat in hell's chance of preventing admission as I can't imagine there will be anything extraordinary in her statement tbh.

ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 18:47:19

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ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 18:48:20

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insanityscratching Thu 06-Sep-12 18:51:19

If it's for nursery it should still specify hours, dd's nursery statement gave 12.5 hours out of fifteen and her primary one fives 20.

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insanityscratching Thu 06-Sep-12 18:53:55

hmm they might not want you back but they won't be able to stop you BUT I wouldn't want my child in a school that didn't want my child or to work with me. So I'd consider it a lucky escape and look elsewhere tbh.

ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 18:59:33

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starfish71 Thu 06-Sep-12 19:01:31

Oh leonie I can't believe this! As you know I am rubbish at this statement lark but am so cross that the school are doing this. sad

If you want a rant, am here.

madwomanintheattic Thu 06-Sep-12 19:04:43

um, well, what else did the LA officer say?

they can't just call and say 'oh, not sure if they'll take her'. the LA officer should be dealing directly with the school (which presumably is the named school on the statement) and ironing out the difficulties.

the statement is fairly innocuous, and 'we don't want to' is unlikely to be accepted by the LA.

feck knows why they even bothered to call, tbh. they should have told the school to get back in their box, named it on the statement and been done with it.

what did the LA officer say they are doing to ensure dd starts next week?

whatthewhatthebleep Thu 06-Sep-12 19:07:03

yes, whatever the motivation for the school not offering the placement...I wouldn't go near them again with my certainly wouldn't feel positive to me....even if they were 'forced' to give the place...I wouldn't go near at all and would refuse.

I'm sorry you have been blown sideways by this horrible situation suddenly...days to go bad....well, they have a duty to educate so they need to get there fingers out and sort something for you pronto...

Keep strong...even if it is pure adrenaline that gets you through this x

ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 19:09:27

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ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 19:11:17

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starfish71 Thu 06-Sep-12 19:12:14

Oh that's just brilliant isn't it?! Just land that on you and then - 'I am off home now.' hmm

That is just crap.

ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 19:13:56

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madwomanintheattic Thu 06-Sep-12 19:14:01

soooooooooooooooooo, she didn't even read it properly, but thought it was appropriate to send you a halk baked alarming email with no actual information, just to put the wind up you, before she went home for a glass of wine and put her feet up.

i despair, i really do.

there's nothing you can do tonight, obv, but get a grip of her tomorrow. try and stay calm - there's really nowt that the school can realsitically object to. my guess would be that they are just after more money tp provide the support, so it's not personal, just business.

but the LA officer should have read their response carefully enough to know that, or should have held off emailing you before she understood wtaf was going on.

ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 19:14:31

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ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 19:15:19

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madwomanintheattic Thu 06-Sep-12 19:16:13

clearly she felt it was essential that you had a sleepless night before she bothered to read it dealt with appropriately tomorrow.

silly cow.

Ineedaflippinmedal Thu 06-Sep-12 19:16:14

Oh no leonie, I have just come on and read your post, what a nightmare.

I have no advice for you sorrysad

ArthurPewty Thu 06-Sep-12 19:17:55

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