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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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