I really don’t feel like this will ever end… or if it does… another battle will have to be fought!
When a child is issued a Statement of Educational Needs there are different sections to it. Part 4 in particular is the named school. The County Council believe that the named school will be able to provide the child with all the help that is listed in the statement. They have to, by law, put all of the help into place. As much as Xavier’s current setting is probably an amazing setting for children who don’t have additional needs, intact it is, my niece and nephew attend the same school and are thriving, I believe it is not the correct setting for my son. I personally don’t feel he is reaching his full potential here and don’t feel they have the resources to put all the things needed into place for him. So I have had to appeal.
I have had to name a school that I feel is suitable for Xavier and then send off an appeal form. The County Council and I then have to come to an agreement on a placement for Xavier and if we don’t I have to go to court and stand up and fight my sons case. If we don’t come to an agreement I think I might actually cry a little bit. Its been such a tough journey fighting for 3 years to get him a Statement. It is starting to take its toll on my health.
Any day now I should receive a call with an update on the situation. The County Council have had to contact the school I have requested to see whether they feel they can meet Xaviers needs. They have a certain amount of time to respond and that time is up. I had a missed call on my mobile on Monday morning from the County Council saying they had an update and could I call them back! I have been slightly neurotic since but all I can manage to get through to is a damn answer phone! I have now left numerous messages and am still awaiting a call back with this update! I am actually going out of my mind!
Obviously I will update when I learn about the update! Am keeping all possible crossables crossed! Please do the same that we have a positive outcome. I just want my boy in the correct setting, unleashing the huge amount of potential he has!