Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boy, 7, Forced to Miss School for Six Weeks ; Application for School Bus Held upCouncil Blames a Backlog for Delay [Edition 3]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boy, 7, Forced to Miss School for Six Weeks ; Application for School Bus Held upCouncil Blames a Backlog for Delay [Edition 3]

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ABOY with autism had to miss six weeks of school after his application for school transport got stuck in a backlog.

Keaton Jackson, seven, has a place at a special school - but has missed most of the first half of this term after a council delay in processing his application for transport. Keaton attends a unit for children with autism at St John Fisher primary school in Haughton Green - more than three miles from his home in Ashton.

His mum Julie had managed to take him on the bus during his first year at the school, despite Keaton becoming distressed in crowded places.

But when younger son Thomas, four, and who is deaf, started school this September, Julie was faced with getting both boys to lessons at 9am. The boys' schools are almost four miles apart and Julie doesn't drive.

The council has since apologised to Julie and has now arranged transport for Keaton. …

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