Burnley mum wants private school for son with ADHD

Janine Hird with her son Brandon who has ADHD but is not allowed to go to Belmont Special School.'Photo Ben Parsons
Janine Hird with her son Brandon who has ADHD but is not allowed to go to Belmont Special School.'Photo Ben Parsons

The mother of a boy who suffers from ADHD has accused education chiefs of putting a price on his future by denying him the chance to go to a private special needs school.

Mrs Janine Hird wants her son Brandon (11) to go to the independent Belmont School in Rawtenstall in September when he moves on to high school, but says Lancashire County Council will only offer him a place at The Rose School in Burnley.

Brandon, who has been in six different primary schools, is currently at Belmont’s primary school in Cloughfold, where she says he is thriving.

Mrs Hird, of Creswick Avenue, Burnley, said: “Brandon has been at Belmont Primary since October and has made fantastic progress.

“I don’t want him to go to The Rose School and neither does he. I think it will set him back again. I feel the county council is putting his future at risk. What right has it got to put a price on his future?”

But Lancashire County Council said it had a duty to carefully manage public money.

Ann Pennell, the county council’s director with responsibility for special education, said: “When children with special educational needs reach the end of primary school, we assess them to see if there is a nearby secondary school that will be suited to their specific needs.Wherever possible we place children in an appropriate local authority school. We would only place a child at an independent school, which is of course more costly to public funds, if we did not have a suitable place available at one of our own special or mainstream schools.”