Leeds: Disabled Beeston boy’s school battle

Lucy Murray with her six-year-old son Dennis Randall.

Lucy Murray with her six-year-old son Dennis Randall.

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A SIX-year-old Leeds disabled boy has been unable to attend school for almost three months.

Now, his mum Lucy Murray has called in the Local Government Ombudsman as her fight continues to win her six-year-old a primary school place.

The 26-year-old single mother moved to Morley from Lincolnshire at the beginning of the year to live nearer her mother.

But her son Dennis, who suffers from epilepsy, is still absent from school.

Ms Murray says she originally notified Education Leeds about the move well before Christmas - but that the forms she filled in were lost in the council system,

She said:“I put replacements in the post way back in January. A couple of weeks ago I was actually told I had a provisional place at Beeston Primary School but then I had a message to say that they did not have the appropriate facilities.

“When we lived in Lincolnshire, Dennis attended a local primary school and there was never a problem. He does have special needs but he just learns his lessons like any other boy.

“It is very distressing for us as he thinks it is somehow his fault. I am very unhappy at the way we have been treated.”

The 26-year-old mum has taken her case to the Ombudsman, who is investigating the complaint.

Council chiefs say the delay is unavoidable.

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services, said: “Unfortunately, delays in receiving key documents from Dennis’ previous school prevented us carrying out our assessment of his educational requirements as quickly as we would hope.

“He has some complex needs and we are working to complete his assessment as quickly as possible to ensure he gets the right level of support.

“We apologise for any distress that has been caused and will keep his family regularly updated.”

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