top of page

(UK) Ashton-under-Lyne: 4 y-o with autism reduced to 3 hours of school per day

Dec 12, 2021, Sun: I was told school was ‘not a good fit’ for my four-year-old son after just TWO DAYS in class

NW England A MUM claims she was told her son's primary school was "not a good fit" for him by his new headteacher - just TWO DAYS after he started. Sarah Doyle, who lives in Ashton-under-Lyne with her son Thomas, had enrolled the four-year-old at nearby Canon Burrows C of E school. But just two days after he first started, she claims she was told that the school was "not a good fit for him" and his educational needs. Little Thomas's hours in school were then reduced while she spent weeks looking for another place for him. The mum is now calling on more support for parents who are left needing to find alternative school spaces for their children…. Thomas had started at Canon Burrows after he was accepted onto an Educational Healthcare Plan (SEND) while awaiting an autism diagnosis. Mum Sarah claims the school were aware of Thomas's needs, and she believed they were able to provide for him. Thomas had been "nervous and worried" about first starting school in September but was not given a proper chance to settle in, claims Sarah…. Mum Sarah claims the school cut the four-year-old's hours down to just three hours a day whilst she searched for another place with resources for his needs…. Thomas is currently on a waiting list to be assessed by the Tameside and Glossop Multi-Agency Autism Team. Canon Burrows Primary School Headteacher Suzanne Fildes said: “While I can’t talk in detail about individual cases, I can confirm we haven’t received a complaint about this case but would welcome the parent contacting us to discuss their concerns with us….


bottom of page