Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today.
What is the complaint in connection to?
Hello Jenny its a long story so i will try to make it as brief as possible. Our son was in year 9 when he was diagnosed with Leukaemia of which the chemo damaged his legs and resulted in him temporarily using a wheelchair or crutches. His school had no lifts and would not allow anyone to push him around due to health and safety .We battled for 2 and a half years for the school to make adjustments so as he could be in class with his peers but in the end the school employed a teaching assistant for him and he spent most of the time with her in the library. We opened an official complaint which went to a panel meeting, after the results of the meeting stated school had made reasonable adjustments we then sent a complaint to the eduction funding agency who investigated and decided the panel meeting did not apply t its procedures and would have to re hear our complaint. The school held the second panel meeting without us present so we again contacted the EFA. In the mean time we requested all information via the freedom of information act from school and received all the paperwork regarding our complaint this included several nasty emails between senior members of staff and proved that the panel meeting was staged at their favour. Presently the EFA have sent our paperwork to a solicitor and we just want some advise to be able to deal with any reply.
Our son is now at college and finished treatment and we have waited 3 years for a proper panel meeting to get answers why school did not make it easy for him to attend
Ok please can you answer my follow on questions and then I will respond in full, it may be this evening or tomorrow before I can respond in full if that is ok?
yes thats fine
1. Did your son remain in the school or did he leave due to the failure?
2. Have you brought a claim of any nature in the court against the school for their failure?
3. What outcome do you seek now that he is no longer attending the school?
He remained at school, school asked us to leave but he did not want to
4. How long ago did the failure to make adjustments occur?
no claims as we are waiting to see what the EFA decide
5. Did you suffer a financial loss as a result of the failure?
6. Have you previously taken any legal advise as to the obligations under the Equality Act and potential time limits to bringing claim?
I need to go off line now but will respond in full once I have had all the information and a chance to consider your situation in full..
he was diagnosed December 2010 and our complaint went in originally October 2011 we have had mixed messages about disability discrimination claims, i rang a solicitor who told me it would cost £2000 to take school to court and then if they were found guilty they would be sent on training.We have involved our local MP and he has been quite helpful,but OFSTED and EFA have not helped us at all, there is also the fact that no risk assessment was carried out at the school before he went in in his wheelchair and i cannot get any answers as to who is responsible for this.We have more time and energy to fight this case now and ideally would like the school to apologise and lose its academy status as the school is answerable to nobody while if it was a state school local education authority would not allow this behaviour
just want some advise to see if we have a case to take to court or not, i look forward to your reply.Just to add.The hospital treating our son sent a letter to the school stating that their treatment has had an effect on his recovery and still they did nothing.
Hi Jenny, do you have an answer to my query yet.
ok so have rated so do i get my answer now
The consultant letter states that the schools treatment has in there eyes hampered his psychological recovery
his self esteem is very low and has no confidence, but financially no loss