Four-year-old suffers from stress after being refused place at brother's schoolBy Jon Nurse
September 25, 2012
An anxious four-year-old has become more stressed after being refused a place at his brother’s school, says his mother.
Joanne Watts, 41, is home schooling Ben as she waits to find out if he could still be placed at Crowthorne’s Hatch Ride Primary School with his six-year-old brother, Adam.
Joanne and her husband Philip, of Wantage Road, Sandhurst, had an appeal against the decision rejected in July.
“He already had problems with vomiting, which he had been put through to the hospital for,” Joanne said.
“When this issue came to light his medical problems accelerated. He started getting anxiety and separation issues and has been waking several times in the night.”
Joanne said her son has been seen by a paediatrician at Frimley Park Hospital.
“They will fix ways to try to manage the issues, but ultimately the only way I can see it being helped is for him to go to the school,” she said.
The Watts have lived in Sandhurst for six years and Adam has started his second year at the school.
“I accept we’re not in the borough, but once they allocated Adam, then it’s ridiculous to not let a second child in,” Joanne added.
“We weren’t told it could be a problem for Ben to get in. We spoke with the headmistress in passing last year and were given the impression that there wasn’t anything to worry about.”
Ben was offered a place at Wildmoor Heath School in Lower Broadmoor Road, Crowthorne.
Joanne said: “Logistically it’s impossible to get two children to two different schools. At their age I can’t drop them and leave them so one would always be late.”
Ben was reclassified at the start of this month because of his medical issues and been pushed to the top of Hatch Ride’s waiting list.
Joanne explained: “Unfortunately we are not convinced that is really going to help us because they have a full class in reception.
“We are at a bit of a loss for what to do. I’ve done nothing but worry since we found he wasn’t going there.
“Home schooling doesn’t really appeal to us, but it’s something we will do for the foreseeable future if we have to.”
A Wokingham Borough Council spokeswoman said she couldn’t comment on individual cases owing to confidentiality. She added: “A number of families this year were given a place at a school for a younger sibling that was different than where the older sibling was already placed.
“Due to the experience of these families we have committed to examine quickly the case for siblings who live out of catchment area a priority and have been working intensively to consider this change.”