A MOTHER has spoken of her frustration of the treatment of her daughter at school which has meant she has not been able to attend for more than two years.

Debbie Palmer, from Andover, has complained to Perins School in Alresford. Her daughter, Lucy, has autism and ADHD and claims she has received little support from the school - something the school denies.

She also said that Lucy, 13, has been unable to attend school since March 2020.

Ms Palmer said: “Perins has provided no support for her and refuse to engage in any communications around alternative provision.

“She is in Year 9 but has received no secondary education yet due to her disabilities."

She said that Lucy is now moving from Perins School to Winton School, her local mainstream school.

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Ms Palmer said she wanted to speak out to prevent this happening in the future.

She said: “They have robbed Lucy of two years of education, which will have a lasting effect on her. She may never recover from it, and I cannot bear the fact that other young people may also suffer.”

Melanie Pearce, director of inclusion at Perins School, said they it has reviewed its provision for people with SEMH, EBSA and neurodiverse needs.

She said it has expanded its Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team and appointed a director of inclusion, as well as forming a Neurodiversity Action Group.

She added: "Having our students in the classroom is crucial, with our core classroom practice addressing the needs of individuals rather than their diagnoses. This provides a platform where we can learn from one another and find the best way for everyone to both learn and teach.

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“It is a challenge, in education currently, for schools to meet the needs and expectations within a constantly changing educational environment.

"At Perins we have a cohort approaching 1,200 students and we believe that we provide an experience for individual learners of the highest standards. Where parents believe that this is not the case, we have robust procedures, both internally and externally, to hold us to account.”

A Hampshire County Council spokesperson said: “It would not be appropriate for the county council to comment on individual children’s education.”

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