School place victory at last for Kevin

Photo Ian Robinson'Kevin Wright, seven, who suffers from Charge Syndrome,and has been excluded from school. Pictured with parents Amanda Thorp and Kevin Wright
Photo Ian Robinson'Kevin Wright, seven, who suffers from Charge Syndrome,and has been excluded from school. Pictured with parents Amanda Thorp and Kevin Wright
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A seven-year-old with special educational needs due to a rare syndrome has finally got a full-time school place after a nine-month fight.

Hearing impaired Kevin Wright, who suffers from Charge syndrome, left Morecambe Bay Primary School last October because funding for his signing teacher was pulled.

His parents Amanda Thorp and Kevin Wright of Church Brow, Bolton-le-Sands, appealed against a decision for Kevin to go to Bleasdale House in Silverdale, because they believed it would be unsuitable for Kevin’s needs.

Kevin will attend the Loyne School in Lancaster full-time from September.

His dad Kevin said: “Kevin was kept out of education for no other reason than funding.

“The experts recommended 70 amendments to his statement of education and the education authority have had to step up to the plate.

“Every child has a right to an education.

“The Loyne school at the moment is the right school for Kevin.”

Kevin’s mum Mandy said: “,My heart goes out to people who aren’t strong enough to fight back like we did. I’m just glad we were tough enough to fight back for Kevin.”

County Councillor Mathew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “We do not comment on individual children’s cases as we have a duty of confidentiality towards them.

“However, our specialist educational staff, including psychologists, assess children’s needs and our duty is then to identify a school which meets those needs and provides them with the best all-round education we can offer.

“Although we always work closely with parents throughout this process, they have the right to appeal, if they don’t agree with our decisions.

“We manage to resolve these concerns informally almost every time, but if we can’t, parents can take their case to an independent tribunal, and we support them during this time.”