(UK) Newbridge: 7 local kids with complex disabilities have no place in secondary school

Dec 19, 2017, (UK) Leinster Leader: Newbridge pupils seeking school places have to wait until after holidays—FAMILIES OF SEVEN SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS SEEKING ANSWERS HTTP://WWW.LEINSTERLEADER.IE/NEWS/HOME/287868/PUPILS-SEEKING-SCHOOL-HAVE-TO-WAIT-UNTIL-AFTER-HOLIDAYS.HTML The families of seven children with special needs in Newbridge who have no secondary school place secured for next year will have to wait until January before they get any answers. “We have to keep the pressure on the government for our children,” said to spokesperson Cecilia Semple, whose 12-year-old daughter Kelly is one of the children affected. … The seven children are due to finish primary school at Scoil Na Naomh Uilig in June 2018, but to date none of these children have been able to secure an appropriate or suitable place locally. Five out of the seven children, including her daughter Kelly have ASD — Autistic Spectrum Disorders — leaving them with complex and severe educational needs arising from their diagnosis . “A local school is an absolute necessity for the children as not only do some have ASD but several have special needs ranging from physical disabilities, to intellectual disabilities.” Local special school, St Anne’s in the Curragh, is not taking any applications for 2018/19 as it is at full capacity.