A mum has slammed her son’s school for refusing to authorise a term-time holiday – despite it being the only time she could take a break from her treatment for CANCER.
Louise Hamilton, 40, was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 4, and underwent an intensive course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Her only break in her six-month treatment came the week starting September 7 and her family wanted to take a well-deserved holiday.
Louise, mum to Brooke, aged three, Jacob, aged five and 14-year-old James, said: “My children and my husband, Andy, have been a constant rock to me. They inspired me to fight and never be defined by cancer.
“We all craved a family holiday so we took the chance to book a short break as a great way to chill after my gruelling regime.
“My youngest son’s school, Richmond Hill Primary Academy, authorised this holiday without a moment’s hesitation.
“My eldest son’s school however, Ridgewood Academy, said the holiday will not be authorised as it is not classed as an exceptional circumstance.
“I have gone through an operation, 15 weeks of chemotherapy and scans, but this is not ‘exceptional’ enough.”
“I am absolutely livid. It makes me feel that I have to be on my death bed to get a holiday authorised.”
Louise, from Doncaster, South Yorks., who is married to 44-year-old Andy, said her treatment has proved to be successful and her cancer has gone into remission.
Ridgewood School has told her the holiday will be marked as unauthorised, but it is unlikely she will be fined.
A spokesperson for Doncaster Council said they have not been contacted by the school to take action against the Hamiltons.
Neither Ridgewood Academy or Richmond Hill Primary Academy were available for comment.