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College plea for Simone

THE mother of a cerebral palsy sufferer says that Solihull Council has not done enough to get her daughter into the school she wants to attend.

THE mother of a cerebral palsy sufferer says that Solihull Council has not done enough to get her daughter into the school she wants to attend.

Lindsay Shepherd says that her daughter Simone, who attends Reynalds Cross School in Olton, is being denied funding that would allow her to go to a more appropriate school.

Lindsay, who lives in Bentley Heath, says Simone, aged 17, would be more suited to a specialist college in Coventry where they cater for less severe disabilities.

“Simone has not progressed at Reynalds Cross for two years. I have absolutely nothing against the children or the staff but I feel like she’s been pulled backwards,” said Lindsay.

“She’s the only girl in a class of boys, one of the youngest, and she’s so sad and lonely. I just want the best for my daughter.”

Councillor Norman Davies, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said he could not comment on individual cases but added: “Parents and carers are kept fully informed of the reasons behind the decisions made, which are always taken with the interests of the young person at heart.

“If someone’s needs change, further assessments can be done and alternatives may be suggested. These would only be funded if they clearly met the young person’s needs.”

But an infuriated Lindsay accused the council of “yet again passing the buck”.

“The council won’t fund the move because Reynalds Cross can keep pupils until they are 19. Simone is so unhappy - she’s told me she won’t go back in September.”

 

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