A boy with a medical condition that makes wearing a shirt uncomfortable has been out of school for a year because he was not allowed to wear a polo shirt.
Carina O’Mahoney decided to take Sean, 12, out of Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham last July because he was told he would have to wear a T-shirt underneath a short-sleeved school shirt.
He has sensory impairment, dyspraxia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is on the autism spectrum, and had previously worn a polo shirt at primary school.
A doctor had asked Ormiston Rivers if he could be exempt from wearing a shirt because certain materials against his skin can be extremely irritating, which then affects his behaviour.
In the last few weeks, Sean has been given a place at Castledon School in Wickford, which caters for children with special educational needs, from September. He will be allowed to wear a polo shirt.
* Full story in tomorrow's Standard.