Michael Gove pledges to help cancer-stricken mum Michelle Amey get both her children into Mudeford Junior School

Bournemouth Echo: HOPE: Cancer patient Michelle Amey HOPE: Cancer patient Michelle Amey

EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove has once again pledged to look into the case of a mum with cancer fighting to keep her children together in school.

Michelle Amey, who is terminally ill, desperately wants her sons at the same school so that they can support each other in the face of her illness.

But Dorset County Council has flatly denied a place at Mudeford Junior School for six-year-old George to be alongside his brother Charlie, nine, blaming a lack of spaces.

It is the second time Michelle has faced a battle over school places.

George was only given a place at his current school Mudeford Infants when the secretary of state intervened, following the family’s appeal to Christchurch MP Chris Chope for help.

During a visit to Dorset on Friday, Mr Gove told the Echo he would once again take up the case.

He said: “I know Chris has been helping this family and I have had the opportunity to help them in the past.

“I will do everything I can, working with Chris, to help them again.

“Of course there are rules on class sizes, but there are exceptions to those rules.”

He added: “I will be having a close look at the decision and be in touch with Chris Chope and the family to see if there is anything I can do to help them.

“If we can try to make sure this family can stay together after everything mum is living through then it’s the least we can do.”

County councillor Lesley Dedman, who has also taken up the Ameys’ cause, said she had spoken to Mr Gove about the issue and he was ‘very personally concerned’ about Michelle’s situation.

“He’s put all the weight he can from his government office behind the Ameys’ request,” she said.

She was hopeful there could be a way of making an exception to the rules on compassionate grounds.

“I was very glad to have the opportunity to speak to him.

“It was very decent of him to listen to me,” she added.

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7:12am Tue 15 Jul 14

Phixer says...

Doesn't say much about the school's managers if she has to go to her MP yet again to gain a rational decision.
Doesn't say much about the school's managers if she has to go to her MP yet again to gain a rational decision. Phixer
  • Score: 9

7:39am Tue 15 Jul 14

lioneart23 says...

Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off
Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off lioneart23
  • Score: -9

7:50am Tue 15 Jul 14

Dahlia77 says...

Living in the catchment area does not guarantee you a place.
Living in the catchment area does not guarantee you a place. Dahlia77
  • Score: 23

8:29am Tue 15 Jul 14

skydriver says...

lioneart23 wrote:
Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off
Did you not read the article , this poor lady is not in the best of health, moving is not an option at this time , surely even you could understand that.
[quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off[/p][/quote]Did you not read the article , this poor lady is not in the best of health, moving is not an option at this time , surely even you could understand that. skydriver
  • Score: 12

8:31am Tue 15 Jul 14

skydriver says...

lioneart23 wrote:
Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off
Well done to Gove using a bit of common sense at last ,
I wish this lady, and her family all the best for her children, and the future.
[quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off[/p][/quote]Well done to Gove using a bit of common sense at last , I wish this lady, and her family all the best for her children, and the future. skydriver
  • Score: 2

8:37am Tue 15 Jul 14

new2it says...

lioneart23 wrote:
Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off
What an utterly uncaring stupid comment. You obviously have absolutely no compassion or empathy with other peoples situation. Moving home at a time like this? I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off[/p][/quote]What an utterly uncaring stupid comment. You obviously have absolutely no compassion or empathy with other peoples situation. Moving home at a time like this? I don't think so. new2it
  • Score: 10

8:47am Tue 15 Jul 14

lioneart23 says...

new2it wrote:
lioneart23 wrote:
Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off
What an utterly uncaring stupid comment. You obviously have absolutely no compassion or empathy with other peoples situation. Moving home at a time like this? I don't think so.
Did she not move before then I might be wrong
[quote][p][bold]new2it[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: Move into the catchment or move you're eldest son end off[/p][/quote]What an utterly uncaring stupid comment. You obviously have absolutely no compassion or empathy with other peoples situation. Moving home at a time like this? I don't think so.[/p][/quote]Did she not move before then I might be wrong lioneart23
  • Score: -6

9:38am Tue 15 Jul 14

Branksome Boy says...

Sorry but Gove will be no help - he has been kicked out of Education! Sorry for this lady but pleased for the education system!
Sorry but Gove will be no help - he has been kicked out of Education! Sorry for this lady but pleased for the education system! Branksome Boy
  • Score: 19

9:45am Tue 15 Jul 14

fartycat says...

By bye Gove. Interesting to know when he made this promise as according to the press, he has known about his move from Education for two weeks and has been working as acting chief whip since then.
By bye Gove. Interesting to know when he made this promise as according to the press, he has known about his move from Education for two weeks and has been working as acting chief whip since then. fartycat
  • Score: 14

10:03am Tue 15 Jul 14

dorsettech says...

Bad timing when he's just been sacked!
Bad timing when he's just been sacked! dorsettech
  • Score: 12

10:24am Tue 15 Jul 14

lioneart23 says...

What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case
What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case lioneart23
  • Score: -12

10:51am Tue 15 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Branksome Boy wrote:
Sorry but Gove will be no help - he has been kicked out of Education! Sorry for this lady but pleased for the education system!
WHOOPS.........but sh*t happens........
So how long ago did he say he was going to back up your case and how long ago did he know he was about to be sacked.
Typical MP's promises.
[quote][p][bold]Branksome Boy[/bold] wrote: Sorry but Gove will be no help - he has been kicked out of Education! Sorry for this lady but pleased for the education system![/p][/quote]WHOOPS.........but sh*t happens........ So how long ago did he say he was going to back up your case and how long ago did he know he was about to be sacked. Typical MP's promises. burgerboy
  • Score: 9

12:28pm Tue 15 Jul 14

In Absentia says...

lioneart23 wrote:
What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case
Are you really that dim? Don't you understand the phrase terminally ill? What a troll.
[quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case[/p][/quote]Are you really that dim? Don't you understand the phrase terminally ill? What a troll. In Absentia
  • Score: 6

1:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

lioneart23 says...

In Absentia wrote:
lioneart23 wrote:
What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case
Are you really that dim? Don't you understand the phrase terminally ill? What a troll.
I'm no troll I'm just someone with an opinion
[quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case[/p][/quote]Are you really that dim? Don't you understand the phrase terminally ill? What a troll.[/p][/quote]I'm no troll I'm just someone with an opinion lioneart23
  • Score: -5

3:51pm Tue 15 Jul 14

raynad says...

lioneart23 wrote:
In Absentia wrote:
lioneart23 wrote:
What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case
Are you really that dim? Don't you understand the phrase terminally ill? What a troll.
I'm no troll I'm just someone with an opinion
And a pretty bad opinion it is! Let's spell it out for you, this lady has a TERMINAL illness, not like a tooth ache or sprained ankle, all she is asking is her two children are allowed to be at the same school so they can give support to each other in this painfully difficult time. As for their future schooling unfortunately this might be out of their mothers hands, I hope this makes it clearer for you!
[quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case[/p][/quote]Are you really that dim? Don't you understand the phrase terminally ill? What a troll.[/p][/quote]I'm no troll I'm just someone with an opinion[/p][/quote]And a pretty bad opinion it is! Let's spell it out for you, this lady has a TERMINAL illness, not like a tooth ache or sprained ankle, all she is asking is her two children are allowed to be at the same school so they can give support to each other in this painfully difficult time. As for their future schooling unfortunately this might be out of their mothers hands, I hope this makes it clearer for you! raynad
  • Score: 8

5:33pm Tue 15 Jul 14

crazybird says...

Unfortunately, rules are rules - there is an appeals system and I understand that this has not given way for the children to attend the same school. This lady would be better saving her energy fighting her terrible illness and trying to retain some strength. The schools system is an out of date and ridiculously out of touch institution and needs a decent shake-up. So many children suffer because of the unfair systems. If we had a decent government/council system then all of the schools would be equal in the level of education and the standards so then people wouldn't want to pick and choose.
Unfortunately, rules are rules - there is an appeals system and I understand that this has not given way for the children to attend the same school. This lady would be better saving her energy fighting her terrible illness and trying to retain some strength. The schools system is an out of date and ridiculously out of touch institution and needs a decent shake-up. So many children suffer because of the unfair systems. If we had a decent government/council system then all of the schools would be equal in the level of education and the standards so then people wouldn't want to pick and choose. crazybird
  • Score: 3

5:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

Under no circumstances can the offspring of Friars Cliff residents be expected to associate with lower class kids from Somerford . Someone please bend the rules for this poor lady.
Under no circumstances can the offspring of Friars Cliff residents be expected to associate with lower class kids from Somerford . Someone please bend the rules for this poor lady. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 7

6:33pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Carolyn43 says...

lioneart23 wrote:
In Absentia wrote:
lioneart23 wrote:
What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case
Are you really that dim? Don't you understand the phrase terminally ill? What a troll.
I'm no troll I'm just someone with an opinion
When the oldest sine goes to grammar school they will have had time to grieve and cope better than now. What an uncompassionate person you are. Don't ask for help if you find yourself with a terminal illness - although others with more feelings than you would still probably want you to be helped..
[quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lioneart23[/bold] wrote: What will happen if for instance her eldest son gets into grammar school and the youngest doesn't what will we she say then I rest my case[/p][/quote]Are you really that dim? Don't you understand the phrase terminally ill? What a troll.[/p][/quote]I'm no troll I'm just someone with an opinion[/p][/quote]When the oldest sine goes to grammar school they will have had time to grieve and cope better than now. What an uncompassionate person you are. Don't ask for help if you find yourself with a terminal illness - although others with more feelings than you would still probably want you to be helped.. Carolyn43
  • Score: 2

10:56pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

Gove was sacked. He is no longer Sec of Ed.
Gove was sacked. He is no longer Sec of Ed. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

11:20pm Tue 15 Jul 14

joetheman says...

both children can end up at the same school ie somerford infants and then the grange, im sorry but it seems to me a case of snobbery,and no i am not being heartless i do feel for this women and the situation she is in,but the fact is she has an option where both children can end up at the same school what i think is disgusting is people who have lived in the catchment area all their lives cannot get their kids into the school but this family seem to want the sympathy vote and get priority over other local families,has anyone asked the parents why they cannot send their kids to somerford and the grange,
both children can end up at the same school ie somerford infants and then the grange, im sorry but it seems to me a case of snobbery,and no i am not being heartless i do feel for this women and the situation she is in,but the fact is she has an option where both children can end up at the same school what i think is disgusting is people who have lived in the catchment area all their lives cannot get their kids into the school but this family seem to want the sympathy vote and get priority over other local families,has anyone asked the parents why they cannot send their kids to somerford and the grange, joetheman
  • Score: 0

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