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Mother, 39, is banned from her children's primary school for a YEAR after falling out with the headteacher

Sally Willis can pick up and drop off her children at Heron Cross Primary School in Staffordshire, but says she has been banned from entering the building by headteacher Dorrie Shenton 


A MUM has been banned from visiting her children’s school for a YEAR after clashing with the headteacher.
A town hall officer must act as a “go-between” if Sally Willis wants updates on her children’s academic progress  over the course of the next 12 months.
The 39-year-old is only allowed to pick up and drop off her kids at Heron Cross Primary school in Stoke-on-Trent and is not allowed to attend parents’ evenings or events.
The problems began when Sally, who suffered from post-natal depression, was being made redundant.
She went to the headteacher to ask if she could volunteer as a teaching assistant.
The headteacher turned her down because her mental health issues made her a "high risk to children."
The Blurton resident claims she was then banned from the school after she objected to her personal information being shared with other teachers.
She told the Stoke Sentinel: “I can’t even talk to the school about my children’s education. They have someone working as a go-between who tells me about what is going on. It’s very frustrating.”
Sally lodged a complaint with Stoke-on-Trent City Council calling for a panel of governors to hear her concerns.
She said: “About three-and-a-half years ago I had postnatal depression and in June this year I was being made redundant and went to the headteacher to ask about volunteering work.
“She said no, which was fine, but when I said about other schools she said teachers talk and because I had mental health issues I was a high risk to children. I felt this was a breach of data protection to discuss my personal information.
“I escalated it to the council who did an investigation. I apparently said I didn’t want the complaint to continue, but that isn’t true.
“On top of that my eight-year-old son was sent home with a folder that contained other pupil’s details which is another breach of data protection.
“I’m not happy with how the school or council is treating people who have postnatal depression and I want it to be stopped.”
Stoke-on-Trent City Council, strategic manager for pupil achievement, said: “Our enquiries have established that you visited the school on Thursday, June 28 and met with the school business manager at your request, to discuss your formal complaint regarding the headteacher.
“At the conclusion of this meeting you advised the school business manager that you would not be pursuing the complaint as you felt it was not going to ‘get you anywhere’.
“From the school’s perspective, the complaint was therefore closed and there was no requirement for them to escalate to the third stage of the complaints procedure which is a governors’ complaints panel.
We have no evidence to suggest the school’s recollection of events is incorrect.
“In this case, having reviewed the documentation, the decision to ban you from the premises was unrelated to the handling of your complaints.
"It was instead carried out in line with the Department for Education’s guidance ‘Advice on school security: Access to, and barring of individuals from school premises’.”

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