'My Son Must Get Education He Needs' SPECIAL SCHOOLS SHAKE-UP

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Byline: By LUCY LYNCH Education Reporter lucy.lynch@mrn.co.uk

CONCERNED parents and teachers have spoken of their worries about a proposed shake-up of special education in Coventry.

Seven of the city's 11 special schools may be replaced with four new schools if Coventry City Council's proposals go ahead.

Yesterday, the Evening Telegraph revealed which schools were under threat.

The plan would see more special needs children in mainstream schools and closer links between mainstream and special schools.

Cheryl Moore, a 35-year-old nursery nurse, has an eight-year-old son Jack, with Downs syndrome.

Jack is a pupil at The Three Spires School in Kingsbury Road, Coundon, Coventry - one of the schools which could be replaced.

She said: "I think it's very scary. It took us 18 months to decide which school we wanted him to go to and we are really pleased with this school. Jack has speech therapy, physiotherapy, individual attention and everything he needs.

"There are three staff members for a class of eight. And the staff are always here for the parents."

Susan Ramsay, 49, a part time civil servant from Broadway in Earlsdon, Coventry has a six-year-old son Thomas at Sherbourne Fields School, another school which would be replaced if the proposals went ahead. Thomas has hydrocephalus and often needs a wheelchair to get around.

Mrs Ramsay said: "Sherbourne Fields is a very good school. But I'm not going to launch a save Sherbourne Fields campaign just yet. Change can sometimes be a good thing so we need to see what the council says at the meetings. …