Hereford & Worcester

Redditch teenager refused school place over paperwork

A Worcestershire teenager has finally been enrolled at school after being refused a place for three months.

Glen Williams, 13, relocated from his mother's home in Dundee in January to live with his father in Redditch.

Worcestershire County Council would not enrol Glen without his records from the authorities in Dundee. It has now said he can start school after Easter.

Glen's stepmother Tina Williams said: "It's his fundamental human right to an education."

'No help'

She said: "I'd filled the forms in and sent them off for his catchment school area and he's been refused because he told the truth - he told them he'd been excluded."

The council said it had been working closely with the family and was still pursuing Dundee City Council to try to speed up the completion of the application.

Mrs Williams said: "We've had no help - half our calls were never returned and I've had nothing back."

She has also contacted the MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, who said the county council took the correct steps.

"The problem is Glen arrived in Redditch without any paperwork with him but the paperwork from Scotland just didn't come - the schools concerned wanted to know the full picture about Glen," the Conservative MP said.

"But he should have been in school long before now - it's a disgrace that he hasn't been able to attend a Redditch school."

Mrs Lumley said she had written to Worcestershire County Council, which had since offered Glen a place at a short-stay school in Redditch after the Easter holidays.

A spokesman from the council said it would continue to pursue Glen's pupil records from Dundee.

A spokesman from Dundee City Council said it was in contact with Worcestershire County Council about Glen's situation.

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