Worried mother removes autistic son from Fareham school

CONCERN Emma Urry with son Alex Rennie.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120093-2)
CONCERN Emma Urry with son Alex Rennie. Picture: Paul Jacobs (120093-2)

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A MOTHER has pulled her autistic son out of a Fareham school, claiming staff are failing to support his special needs.

Emma Urry made the decision to keep 12-year-old Alex Rennie away from Neville Lovett School after he was given his third exclusion since September.

Alex, who has had difficulties with communication, is now expecting to be placed at another school.

Miss Urry, 35, of Osborne Road, Warsash, said: ‘Alex’s condition means he will sit there and challenge teachers if they are being abrupt with him, or if he’s told to do something he doesn’t think is right.

‘But their answer to everything is detentions and exclusions.

‘He has already missed 16 days of school and his grades have plummeted.

‘Alex feels he is constantly being punished with detention after detention – it’s discriminatory and his education is suffering because of it.

‘The school hasn’t got the facilities to deal with him, he needs more specialist care.’

Miss Urry said the school refused to apply to get Alex a statement, which would legally entitle him to get extra support.

She added: ‘I went into the school for a meeting a couple of months ago and we agreed they’d reward him for good behaviour, but that never happened.

‘They don’t know how to cope with him and I’m getting him out before he gets worse.’

Alex said: ‘I do try hard and I am good in class sometimes, but some teachers get really stressy with me and it sets me off.

‘I can’t have a break when I need it and I feel I’m being punished all the time. I’m trying but it’s never good enough.’

Meanwhile Terri Brooks, 39, whose 13-year-old son Alfie Seymour is on medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is actively looking for another school for him.

She said: ‘The school keeps bombarding him with detentions and he was excluded once last year – that seems to be their answer for everything! I need to give him a fresh start.’

Nadine Powrie, headteacher, said: ‘I’m extremely proud of the ability of my team to respond positively to the needs of students – and also in the partnership we have with parents.

‘We have significant positive feedback in this regard.

‘Neville Lovett is a fully inclusive school and we are keen to support children with special educational needs and work hard to ensure they have the best experience possible.’

‘In order to do this we work hand in hand as part of a bigger team – that might include outreach, education psychologists, emotional literacy support assistants, parents in partnership, anger management, Hampshire’s inclusion officer and the education welfare officer.’