One of the most impassioned speeches came from Sarah Cullen, headteacher at Lime Academy Parnwell, which teaches about 40 per cent of the children living at St Michael’s Gate. She said: “Every single family comes from a really catastrophic situation that’s put them there in the first place.
“As a school we try really hard to support these families. It’s a really tough job. I know you’re doing your best but the situation is unique and every one of these families need help. We do not have enough early help, and the system is not always helpful for the families we are trying to support. We are stuck trying to help them. We need social and emotional help on the ground. Attendance is shocking.
“Some of the children are suffering from PTSD, but we can’t get them diagnosed or help enough. We put all the help in, then they move.” The council said it would offer support to the school.