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Mum 'at wits end' as her daughter waits for a school

PUBLISHED: 16:45 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 11 August 2010

WHEN Caroline Reed removed her daughter from a special school in Essex – she never dreamed it would take months to get a new place. Caroline, 36, from Chaplin Road, Dagenham, wanted Katie to attend somewhere closer to home, but after nine weeks of trying

WHEN Caroline Reed removed her daughter from a special school in Essex - she never dreamed it would take months to get a new place.

Caroline, 36, from Chaplin Road, Dagenham, wanted Katie to attend somewhere closer to home, but after nine weeks of trying she has still not been admitted.

Home tuition was promised to Caroline while Katie was not in education so she would not fall behind, but so far she has not received it.

Katie, 12, has Williams Syndrome - a rare genetic disorder which means she has difficulty reading and writing.

However, people who suffer from this condition are very sociable and communicative and can express themselves as well as any adult.

Caroline said: "I'm at my wits end, she's become very depressed it's not like her at all.

"Katie needs to be around other children, making friends and having fun; I hate to think of her missing out."

Katie attended the Endeavour School in Brentwood up until February 19 this year, when her mum and dad withdrew her for personal reasons.

Caroline added: "Her education is the most important thing to me, and if she's happy I'm happy, but at the moment she is just so upset.

"Katie is such a polite well mannered girl, but without friends she has become angry, and it really hurts me to see her like this."

Executive member for Children's Services, Jeanne Alexander said: "Our officers are working on Katie's case.

"At the moment there is no appropriate provision available in our borough, Havering, Redbridge, or Thurrock so we may need to go further afield.

"We are working to find another suitable placement, but her parents removed Katie from school with no notice, through no fault of their own, but this makes things difficult.

"Katie has highly specialised needs, and finding another suitable school placement mid-year may take some time.

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