Family win tribunal for son’s education

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A family are celebrating today after learning they have won a tribunal to get special educational support for their autistic son.

Tony and Heather Clarke, from Creeting St Mary, took Suffolk County Council to a tribunal on May 10, claiming the educational needs of their son Alex, 13, had not been met.

The family have been battling to get Alex into private school Centre Academy, in Brettenham, to deal with his complex problems including autism, ADHS, dyspraxia and verbal dyspraxia.

They felt his needs would not be met in mainsteam education.

Tony said he was delighted at the outcome of the tribunal.

He said: “They have awarded on the basis of need rather than cost -I am feeling overjoyed.

“It is a huge relief and it is what Alex really needs.

“I am very glad that the tribunal saw the points we were trying to make.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “Tribunals are independent processes when evidence from both parties is presented. Based on the evidence available, the tribunal found in favour of the Clarke family.

“We are now in the process of arranging a placement at the family’s preferred school from September.”

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