Fresh hope for sick mum battling to get children at the same school

Michelle and Stuart Amey from Mudeford

Michelle and Stuart Amey from Mudeford

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A SICK mother fighting for her children to go to the same Christchurch school has been given fresh hope of a reprieve before the new term starts.

As reported previously in the Daily Echo, terminal cancer sufferer Michelle Amey and husband Stuart want son George, six, to join nine-year-old brother Charlie at Mudeford Junior School.

They claim this would allow them to better support each other and ease the strain on the family.

Dorset County Council denied George, who spent the last school year at Mudeford Infants School, entry to the school, citing a lack of places.

An appeal failed but a second was granted last month after campaigning by Christchurch councillor Lesley Dedman and a date set for August 28.

After further lobbying by Cllr Dedman, the appeal date has been moved to August 18. Stuart said he hopes this would mean if the appeal is successful George will be able to start at the school in September.

Cllr Dedman said: “The council officers have been very good in trying to get a panel together. I am very hopeful that there is enough evidence to prove that George has exceptional circumstances.”

However, she warned the result of the appeal was not yet a “done deal” and that Stuart has been working hard to prepare for the hearing.

She said she hoped the independent panel would take into consideration the Equalities Act 2010, which aims to stop people defined as disabled from being disadvantaged.

Michelle was diagnosed with skin cancer seven years ago, but the disease has now spread to her brain, kidneys, lungs, liver and lymph nodes.

A spokesman for Dorset County Council said: “I can confirm the Amey family have been offered an earlier date for their second appeal hearing with the independent panel, to help accommodate family health issues and availability within our existing appeals panel arrangements.”

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10:50am Wed 13 Aug 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

Let's hope that this appeal is successful. It is a most difficult situation for the family without having to taxi children to two different schools. Good luck all of you.
Let's hope that this appeal is successful. It is a most difficult situation for the family without having to taxi children to two different schools. Good luck all of you. Bob Bournemouth
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11:32am Wed 13 Aug 14

Mejulie1967 says...

It's shameful that she is having this stress and for the little boy that does not know what school he will be going to, already half way through the summer holidays. At least give him this certainty in his life! Sometimes red tape and procedures needs to be swept aside and sorted out immediately and I think anybody decent would agree that this case warrants such action.
It's shameful that she is having this stress and for the little boy that does not know what school he will be going to, already half way through the summer holidays. At least give him this certainty in his life! Sometimes red tape and procedures needs to be swept aside and sorted out immediately and I think anybody decent would agree that this case warrants such action. Mejulie1967
  • Score: 18

7:50pm Wed 13 Aug 14

skydriver says...

I wish the very best of luck for this family. It's a pity you had to bring so much pressure during this time . Good luck and best wishes.
I wish the very best of luck for this family. It's a pity you had to bring so much pressure during this time . Good luck and best wishes. skydriver
  • Score: 2

11:20pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

Yet someone else's child will be turned away, even though they have a better claim.

Surely the issue is the provision of places at popular school? Christchurch is well known as a post code lottery for school entrance (how many estate agents boast a property is in 'the Twynam catchment'?). It is a pretty cutthroat environment. I hope this mother thanks the mother of the child who will not have a place.......who could well have a special need for it.

A portacabin would resolve this issue.
Yet someone else's child will be turned away, even though they have a better claim. Surely the issue is the provision of places at popular school? Christchurch is well known as a post code lottery for school entrance (how many estate agents boast a property is in 'the Twynam catchment'?). It is a pretty cutthroat environment. I hope this mother thanks the mother of the child who will not have a place.......who could well have a special need for it. A portacabin would resolve this issue. Yankee1
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1:23am Thu 14 Aug 14

billd766 says...

Applied common sense would resolve this issue as well. Something that appears to be sadly lacking in Dorset County Council.
Applied common sense would resolve this issue as well. Something that appears to be sadly lacking in Dorset County Council. billd766
  • Score: 2

10:13pm Sat 16 Aug 14

snowflakes says...

We have to deal with non Council Tax paying Travellers,invading our community, and the get off with it, and this dear family are having to deal with this problem. for gods sake get it sorted and allow the children to go to the Same school.
We have to deal with non Council Tax paying Travellers,invading our community, and the get off with it, and this dear family are having to deal with this problem. for gods sake get it sorted and allow the children to go to the Same school. snowflakes
  • Score: 3

11:12pm Sat 16 Aug 14

OKANAGAN 1 says...

Let us hope someone will let them go to the same School, they have enough on their plates without this problem.
Let us hope someone will let them go to the same School, they have enough on their plates without this problem. OKANAGAN 1
  • Score: 1

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