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Boy with sensory condition who did not go to school for a year because he was not allowed to wear a polo shirt to move schools in September

Sean in the uniform he will wear at his new school

Sean in the uniform he will wear at his new school

First published in News

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.

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