Don't let's have these children suffering more

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A headteacher is supporting a woman's fight to remain in the country saying her grandchildren's education would otherwise suffer.

Joel and Jiya Jose struggled with their school work following the death of their mum, Shini, last year.

It was months before the pair began to settle again, concentrating on their studies, playing with friends and talking to teachers.

This was largely thanks to their grandmother Mary Joseph, who looks after them while their father goes to work.

But, as reported in The News, she is now being forced to return to India.

Deamonn Hewett-Dale, headteacher at Flying Bull Primary School in Flying Bull Lane, Buckland, Portsmouth, said this could be detrimental to the children's learning.

He has backed The News Let Her Stay campaign demanding she remain in the UK.

The campaign has already attracted more than 300 signatures on our website petition. Signatures are also being collected in The News offices across the area and several shops in North End.

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'We didn't see the children for a long time after their mother died,' he said.

'When they came back it was a very unsettled period for them.

'We kept things as normal as we could at school with bereavement counselling in place.

'They also had the support of their nan at home.

'Now they are quite settled.

'Joel has made really good progress. He was quite insular when they first came back to school. He didn't want to talk to others very much.

'He is not insular now. He's back to being the happy-go-lucky boy he was.

'If their nan was taken away it would have a dramatic effect.'

Mrs Jose, 39, of Centaur Street, Buckland, died when she was hit by a lorry in London Road, North End, on June 1 last year while shopping for a birthday present in North End with her children.

The nurse walked alongside the lorry and crossed in front of it as the lights – opposite Somerfield – turned from amber to green.

Mother-in-law Mrs Joseph has since travelled over from India to help care for the children, but now the Home Office has refused her permission to stay.

She is appealing against the decision.

Mr Hewett-Dale added: 'It would upset the family all over again and the children could find things difficult at school.'