– Spokesman, South Gloucestershire Council
We are pleased to have been able to offer Camron a place at St Chad’s Primary School after places became available in the school’s Year 1 group. We are delighted that this matter has been resolved to Miss Atkins’ satisfaction and wish Camron well at his new school.”
The mother of a five year boy from Bradley Stoke who has a heart condition and was offered a school place 35 minutes away has now been offered a place nearer to home.
It's after ITV News West Country broadcast a report about Camron Atkins' plight on Wednesday evening.
The Mayor of Bradley Stoke and Governor of St Chads Primary School in Patchway approached Tracy Atkins after watching the report.
Camron's mum said he will be starting at the school on Monday.
– Tracy Atkins, Camron's mother.
I'm happy I fought for the system for mine and every child's right. I hope that this can help families facing the same situation and I hope they can find the courage to fight the system
all the way for what is right and what they believe in and most importantly never give up.
A mother from South Gloucestershire says she's willing to risk being prosecuted over a decision not to send her five-year-old son to school.
Tracy Atkins' son Camron has a heart condition that means he can't walk long distances. The local authority has offered her son a place at a primary school a 35 minute walk from her home in Bradley Stoke.
South Gloucestershire Council has offered free transport for Camron - but not his mother. She says a place must be found at a school much closer to her home.
Our education correspondent Richard Payne reports:
A mother from Bradley Stoke near Bristol has said she will risk prosecution for refusing to send her five year-old son to school after missing out on a place at each of her three preferred choices.
Camron Atkins has a chronic heart problem and is unable to walk long distances.
The school offered by South Gloucestershire Council is a 35-minute walk away.
We are sorry that we have been unable to offer a place at a local school for Miss Atkins' son, but unfortunately the year groups at her preferred choices were already full to capacity by the time she made her application.
We recognise that Miss Atkins’ son has special requirements and we have done everything we can to try to offer assistance. This includes offering free transport to and from the school, which Miss Atkins has not yet applied for.
– South Gloucestershire Council spokesman
We would not normally offer free transport in this situation, as the offered school is located within a reasonable distance. However we have made an exception in this instance because of her son’s medical condition.”
A mum from South Gloucestershire has decided to keep her five year son Camron from starting school because of a heart condition. South Gloucestershire Council offered Tracy Atkins a place at an infants school a 35 minute walk from the home in Bradley Stoke.
The Council has offered free transport for Camron but his mother said there are several schools nearer to their home.