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A GRIEVING gran claims her grandson has been refused permission to move to a school closer to home after his mum was found hanged.
Marie Adams is helping bring up Natasha's three children after her tragic death on August 12.
But she says the council have refused permission to allow one of the boys to switch to a primary school just a three minute walk from her home in Solihull.
Instead, the seven-year-old must continue travelling to his current school, which is a 20 minute drive away.
Marie now fears the boy will be separated from his two younger brothers, aged one and three, if they end up attending a different school to him.
She told Birmingham Live: "We wanted them to go to the same school which is literally a three minute walk away from us but they basically said no.
"As I am disabled and my husband works, both ourselves and family support workers have agreed that this would be the best option as it has a nursery that could also accommodate his younger brother.
"Sadly we are being refused even under exceptional circumstances.
"Not only are the children having to come to terms with the passing of their beautiful mother, they are now looking at having to be taken to different schools by transport provided by social services."
Marie's daughter Natasha was found dead at her home in Solihull, West Midlands, by a neighbour on August 12.
The night before she had reached out for help at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she saw staff from Solihull and Birmingham Mental Health Hospital Trust.
Her family claimed at the time they were someone from their home care team would visit Natasha at her flat on the Thursday.
But they say they never turned up, only arriving hours after her body was discovered on the Friday.
Marie and her husband are now bringing up Natasha's three sons following the tragedy.
But she claims this has hindered the council's decision to block the seven-year-old from moving schools as he is not in foster care.
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She added: "They said that if the children were in foster care, they would have got in (to the same school together).
"But because they're with their grandparents they do not. The council says it can't be done."
Solihull Council said there are still available places at a number of schools close to Marie's home.
A spokesperson added: "Whilst it would be inappropriate to comment on individual cases, we have well established mechanisms when any parent /carer is dissatisfied with the outcome of an application for a school place.
"We can confirm that there are a range of schools with available places, the nearest of which is within close proximity of the home address.
"The welfare and wellbeing of children is always of the highest importance and we will continue to work with the family to provide support, during what is a difficult time for them.”
TRAGIC DEATH PROBE
Commenting on Natasha's death previously, Solihull and Birmingham Mental Health Hospital Trust, which operates the Care Home Team, said: " Our thoughts are with Natasha’s family at this sad and difficult time.
"A full and thorough investigation is underway. Natasha’s family will be involved and will have the opportunity to have any questions and concerns addressed as part of that process.
"Until that investigation is completed, and the coroner’s inquest is held, we cannot comment further. Our sympathies are with all of her friends and family at this sad time.”
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the QE Hospital, said: "The Trust offers its heartfelt condolences to the family of Natasha at a horrendously difficult time for them.
"We will engage with Natasha's family, and the Coroner, in their investigation of Natasha’s tragic death."
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans (free) on 116123
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