Special needs pupil left outside school

A 13-year-old special needs pupil was left crying in the street after he was thrown off a coach waiting to take him on a school trip.Derry Bannister arrived at Westbourne Sports College for the trip to the Science Museum on Tuesdaybut was told to get off the coach when there was a mix-up as to whether his parents had signed a permission slip.

A 13-year-old special needs pupil was left crying in the street after he was thrown off a coach waiting to take him on a school trip.

Derry Bannister arrived at Westbourne Sports College for the trip to the Science Museum on Tuesdaybut was told to get off the coach when there was a mix-up as to whether his parents had signed a permission slip.

Mum Karen said: “His dad had dropped him off at school for the trip before going to work in Milton Keynes for the rest of the week.

“But when the register was called the teacher told Derry he would have to get off the coach because we hadn't signed a slip needed to go - which we had.

“They left him on the street and drove off. He might have only been outside the school but Derry isn't like most teenagers and couldn't work out what to do.

“He just stood there and burst into tears.”

Most Read

Derry was born ten-weeks prematurely by emergency caesarean after his mother had contracted the congenital condition cytomegalovirus.

His heart had enlarged and he had stopped growing due to the condition.

But Derry has been left needing speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy as well as having the condition attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

When he was left at the side of the road Derry used his mobile phone to call his father, Andrew, who was still on his journey.

Mrs Bannister, of Bramford Road, said: “His dad couldn't believe it and contacted me to contact the school.

“It was only then that the school confirmed he had been left there and they had nobody to look after him for the day. He suggested he came home instead.

“I feel the school has a duty of care and have been left scared to let him go to school now.”

Christopher Edwards, head teacher at Westbourne Sports College, said: “In this particular case there seems to have been an unfortunate mix-up.

“Mrs Bannister did sign a permission slip for the trip but it was cancelled due to bad weather. When the trip was re-scheduled we needed another slip signed from her and we did not receive one.

“We are required by law to get these slips before letting people go.

“Derry was told to get off the coach and go into school which was only a few feet away.

“When he was found in tears in the corridor by one of our teachers it was decided to send him home for the rest of the day.”

Has your child been through a similar experience? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter