A mum with terminal cancer has shared the shocking letter she received from her son’s school, after her application to take her children on what could be their last holiday wasn’t deemed as ‘exceptional circumstances’.
Angela Rose, from Milton Keynes, UK, shared a photo of the letter she got from Stanton Middle School after requesting her eight-year-old, who has a 98 per cent attendance record, be granted just over a week off in September.
The 36-year-old mum couldn’t believe the application was knocked back, sharing her frustration on Facebook in a post that has since gone viral.
“Due to me being terminal with cancer, this could be the last time I’m able to take kids away,” the mum of three wrote.
“My question is what are exceptional circumstances if terminal cancer and possible last holiday is not one?”
Angela was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 months ago, and within weeks told the cancer had spread to her bones and brain and she had between one and two years left to live.
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“I would take this opportunity to remind you that in accordance with regulations imposed by the government, leave of absence can only be granted in exceptional circumstances,” the school’s letter read.
After getting her oncology and hospice doctors to write letters to the school, and sharing her story with a newspaper online, the school has since reversed the decision and granted her son Carlo the leave requested.
“Since this went viral and was in citizen newspaper online, the school head teacher has looked at the situation and wrote a lovely letter of apology and has authorised it herself,” Angela updated her post.
“I’m extremely grateful, thank you all for your support.”
Stanton Middle School apologised to Angela, who also has 13-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter.
“Although we knew she had health issues we did not realise the full extent of them. We should have checked further – we didn’t, and we’re very sorry,” a spokesperson for the school said.
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