Calls for probe into alleged disability discrimination at school after nearly 30 pupils expelled

Nonsuch Primary in Woodgate Valley Credit: BPM Media

The number of children excluded from a school accused of disability discrimination is now nearing 30, a meeting has been told.

At a public gathering last month, Councillor John Lines accused the school of unjustly expelling four youngsters, all with physical or mental difficulties. He says the problem is even more serious, and urged cabinet member for children’s services, Brigid Jones, to take action.

Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy has pledged a full investigation into the allegations made against Nonsuch Primary.

He demanded urgent action following “appalling” reports of “discrimination of our very young, vulnerable citizens, some of whom are still without formal schooling”.

Chairman of the school governors, Simon Thomas, 47, resigned in protest last December.

Nonsuch Primary School, in Woodgate Valley, converted to an academy earlier this month.

It has yet to be inspected as an academy, but was rated as “good” by education watchdog Ofsted when it was last inspected in October 2012.

In an earlier response, a city council spokesman said: “We are also working with the school to review inclusion processes and procedures for all pupils. Clearly, if specific concerns come to light about the exclusion of any pupil then we will pursue these accordingly.”