Angela Rose, a mum from Milton Keynes who's suffering from terminal cancer, has shared on social media how her son's school denied her the possibility of having one last family holiday.
The mum posted a picture of the letter the school sent her after she put in a request to take her son away during term time, in which they said Angela’s circumstances were not considered exceptional enough to grant her permission.
The 36-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and has since been told that her condition is terminal as the cancer has spread and she might only have months to live.
In order to spend some quality time with her 8-year-old son Carlo – as well as her other 13-year-old son Niko and 18-year-old daughter – she tried to book a holiday in August, but the cost turned out to be too high for her, which is why she would have to take her son away after school starts in September.
I applied for Carlo to have a week off of Stanton middle school in September due to me being terminal with cancer and this could be the last time I’m able to take kids away and that Carlo also has 98…
She wrote alongside the picture: ‘I applied for Carlo to have a week off of Stanton middle school in September due to me being terminal with cancer and this could be the last time I’m able to take kids away and that Carlo also has 98 percent attendance, Stanton school refused my application and sent me letter below to state only in exceptional circumstances do they allow authorised attendance and if I go he will be marked down as unauthorised absence, my question is what is exceptional circumstances if terminal cancer and possible last holiday not one?
‘I have told oncology they writing letters to school and willen hospice who are writing letters to also I’ve took it to the newspapers and radio station who are both wanting to get my story out there because I don’t want my son having unauthorised absences I hope I’ve done enough as I believe I am exceptional 😡😭’.
After her story attracted attention on social media, the school backtracked their decision and allowed the mum to take her son Carlo away in September.
Angela Rose added a new photo.
She continued: ‘Since this went viral and in citizen newspaper online the school head teacher has looked at the situation and wrote a lovely letter of apology and had authorised it herself so I’m extremely great full for that and happy thank you all for your support and send my love to you all 😊’.
The sad story resonated with many parents on Facebook, who took to the comments section to criticise the school’s decision.
One said: ‘What is the matter with these people !!! Hopefully after receiving the other letters ! It will sink in and they will see sense and do what’s right. Good luck Angela !!’
Another wrote: ‘Stop worrying about the rules. Whoever wrote this letter is a jobsworth with no emotions. Just take the lad out for as long as you want. He’ll catch up on his education. Time with you is far more important’.
A third added: ‘Glad they’ve finally allowed it for you. This is exceptional circumstances in my book.’