A MUM has told how her four-year-old son has been banned from school for a MONTH after he was suspended four times.
The little boy has reportedly been sent home from Prince Avenue Academy and Nursery in Southend, Essex, multiple times since he started in September.
His latest suspension came on January 29, branded a “temporary exclusion” – and his mum says she hasn't been told when he can return.
Some of the reasons for his being sent home have included “being dangerous with scissors” and “being violent towards staff”, the Echo reports.
But the boy's mum insists she warned staff her son “gets frustrated and struggles with his emotions” and may be on the autistic spectrum before he joined.
The working mum said: “I have to accommodate the school so much and I have said from the start my son needs structure and routine and since all of this over the last six month, it has made his emotional wellbeing worse, which then affects his behaviour.
“It has made me emotionally drained and alone as it feels like no one is supporting me or him, and it is so upsetting to see my son feel that no one in the school likes him, he is down, unhappy, and it breaks my heart.”
The mum said her child made “great progress” handling his emotions in pre-school, after receiving additional support from staff.
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But she added: “This school has let me down, if he had the right one on one support going forward, he would been absolutely fine, but instead I get told ‘it takes a lot to deal with him’.”
The school said it has 500 pupils but only one child has been “temporarily excluded”.
Headteacher Gary Clement, told the Echo: “We work hard to ensure that all the children feel valued and respected and enjoy learning in a safe, happy environment.
“In fact, Ofsted described our efforts to promote the development and welfare of pupils as ‘outstanding’, which I am incredibly proud of. In very exceptional circumstances we use short ‘fixed-term exclusion’.
“For context, in a school of almost 500, we currently have one child temporarily excluded.
“While it would not be appropriate to talk about the specific circumstances, what I can say is that we have specially trained staff who have been working closely with the local authority’s inclusion team and the family. We continue to work to find a sensible and satisfactory resolution.”
The Sun Online has approached Prince Avenue Academy and Nursery for further comment.
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