Boy, 11, was TURNED AWAY on his first day of school and told his place had been ‘revoked’ – now Archie is stuck at home in bureaucratic limbo while his mother risks a truancy fine

An 11-year-old boy has been left with no school to go after he was chucked out just three hours into his first day and told he no longer had a place there.

Archie Hale was ‘nervous but excited’ to start at Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield on Wednesday morning.

But just a few hours after his mother Sharon dropped him off, he was pulled into an office and told there was no room for him and he had to leave.

Mrs Hale, 41, demanded an explanation, saying council bosses had assured her that despite moving to Leeds earlier this year, Archie was still allowed to go to school in Wakefield, a 20-minute drive away.

The mother-of-two was left open-mouthed when the headteacher told her his place had been revoked in April, as Archie had already attended a taster day and opening evening before the summer holidays.

Archie has been at home since his mother collected him at 11am on Wednesday.

Their catchment area school is full, she is unable to home school him and claims she risks being fined for truancy.

Archie Hale, 11, is pictured with his furious mother Sharon, 41, who claims he has no school to go to after he was told to leave Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield on his first day

Archie Hale, 11, is pictured with his furious mother Sharon, 41, who claims he has no school to go to after he was told to leave Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield on his first day

The call centre worker told MailOnline: ‘I dropped him off at 8.15am on Wednesday and they rang me at 10.45am to say I had to come and collect him because he didn’t have a place.

‘I asked them why and they said Leeds City Council had withdrawn the place in April.

‘They said they couldn’t take him because they are full. The school down the road from us is full as well.

Archie Hale is pictured beaming in his new school uniform on Wednesday morning before starting at Outwood Grange

Archie Hale is pictured beaming in his new school uniform on Wednesday morning before starting at Outwood Grange

‘I can’t teach him. I’m not a teacher, I have no idea, I don’t know the curriculum. I have a job to go.

‘It’s very upsetting. Their slogan is ‘students first’, well where is the safe-guarding and concern for his welfare in all of this?

‘Every child has the right to go to school. They’ve washed their hands of him.’

Mrs Hale, who has a younger son aged six, has had to stay home with Archie since Wednesday, leaving self-employed husband Andrew as the sole bread-winner.

She claims Archie has been ‘severely affected’ and he risks falling behind with his work.

She continued: ‘By the time he does get a new school, he’s going to have fallen behind with his work, he won’t know his way around, and everyone will have already made their friends.

‘He had lots of friends at Outwood and they spent all summer thinking they’d all be going there together.

‘His confidence and self-esteem are going to be severely affected.’

When the time came to apply for secondary school for Archie, the Hales were living in the Lofthouse area of Wakefield.

Mrs Hale was told Archie had a place at Outwood Grange in October last year and could start with his friends on September 4 2019.

So when they moved to the Middleton area of Leeds she rang both councils asking if she had to re-apply and what would happen with Archie’s schooling.

She claims she was assured he would still be fine to go to school in Wakefield and she and her husband were happy to make the 20-minute car journey to get him there each day.

She applied to a local school just in case, but despite an appeal, her application was rejected.

Mother-of-two Sharon Hale (pictured outside school) was left open-mouthed when the headteacher told her his place had been revoked in April, as Archie had already attended a taster day and opening evening before the summer holidays

Mother-of-two Sharon Hale (pictured outside school) was left open-mouthed when the headteacher told her his place had been revoked in April, as Archie had already attended a taster day and opening evening before the summer holidays

The mother-of-two spent £70 on uniform and school supplies and Archie attended a taster day in June and an open evening in July.

So the 11-year-old was shocked when he was pulled out of the school hall on Wednesday morning and told to wait in an office.

His mother claims he was left alone for an hour, totally unaware of what was happening.

She said: ‘He was nervous and apprehensive starting a new school anyway, it’s a big change.

‘They were allocating tutor groups and mentors in the hall when he was pulled out and told to wait in an office.

‘He was scared. He didn’t know what was happening. Teachers were walking past and looking at him as if he’d already got into trouble on his first day.’

An hour later, Mrs Hale claims a woman who worked at the school rang her asking to come and collect him.

She said: ‘I got a phone call saying: ”You have to come and collect your son. He doesn’t have a place and we can’t keep him.”

‘I said ‘why?’, and they said his place was withdrawn in April and Leeds City Council had told them we didn’t need the place.’

Pictured: Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield, Yorkshire, which is a 20-minute drive away from the Hale family home in Middleton, Leeds

Pictured: Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield, Yorkshire, which is a 20-minute drive away from the Hale family home in Middleton, Leeds

‘I asked to speak to the headmaster but he said the same thing as the woman on the phone.

‘I’ve rung nearly 50 times now and no one is doing anything. Neither council have him down as a missing child.

‘I could get fined or taken to court for not putting him in school because I can’t home school him.’

Councils in England can fine parents £60 for keeping pupils away from school, which rises to £120 if not paid within 28 days, at which point they can be summoned to court.

Admission authorities are responsible for admissions and must act in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014.

This is while school attendance guidelines state that: ‘All schools must notify the local authority when a pupil’s name is to be deleted from the admission register.’

Mrs Hale says she does not to know what to do and plans to enlist the help of Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn and a solicitor.

The Department for Education said they don’t comment on individual cases.

A Leeds City Council spokesman said: ‘This is a complex situation involving two local authorities and more than one school, which has clearly led to an unacceptable situation for Archie and his family, and we would like to apologise for our part in the situation that has arisen.

‘We are actively working with all parties involved, including Archie’s mum, to resolve the situation and get Archie into school as quickly as possible.’

Wakefield City Council has also been contacted for comment.

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