An autistic boy from Crowland had the joy of starting secondary school education on Monday for the first time – 67 days after he should have walked through the gates in early September.
Tyler Fountain (11) was finally given the place of his parents’ choice after they enlisted the help of the Free Press and Guardian and we asked South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes to help.
Thank you so much for running our story and helping to get the right people on board to help tooMum Kym Fountain
The county council put several schools in the running for the former Gosberton House pupil, including The Priory School in Spalding, which said it couldn’t meet Tyler’s needs, and another non-starter, a school in Horncastle that would have left Tyler facing each way taxi rides of an hour and 40 minutes.
In desperation, Tyler’s mum and dad, Kym and Alex, turned to us – and they’re delighted at the outcome
Kym (28) said: “If I hadn’t gone to the paper, I don’t think Tyler would be in school now. Thank you very much for your help.”
The young mum also expressed gratitude to the MP for intervening and personally taking up Tyler’s case and to a lady who contacted her after Tyler’s story appeared to offer advice about the legal rights of children in education.
Instead of travelling an hour and 40 minutes in a taxi to Horncastle, Tyler rode for six or seven minutes to get to Park House School, in Thorney, as he returned to full-time education this week.
Speaking on Monday, Kym said: “I took him this morning and he’s really enjoyed his first day.
“Thank you so much for running our story and helping to get the right people on board to help too.
“I’m so happy the battle is finally over ... (I) can now look forward to getting back into a proper routine at home with Tyler.”
• Park House is a specialist school for autistic children.