School farm will be a risk to my daughter

Mother Joanne Lane with Archie James, two,  Callie-Mai, five, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and Codie-Lee, nine, (right) - Joanne has taken her children out of school after it opened a farm.
Mother Joanne Lane with Archie James, two, Callie-Mai, five, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and Codie-Lee, nine, (right) - Joanne has taken her children out of school after it opened a farm.
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A MUM-of-four pulled her daughter out of class in a row over the opening of a school farm - claiming it will expose her to dangerous bugs.

Joanne Lane says senior staff at Willow Tree Primary School in Sutton ignored her repeated warnings the move would put her five-year-old daughter Callie-Mai, who has cystic fibrosis, at increased risk of infection.

Ms Lane, 28, said: “Callie is already undergoing a 12-month treatment for a bug that most of us would easily fight off so there’s no way I want her exposed to the bugs on the school farm.

“I’ve tried to warn the school about the potential health risks for my daughter but they’ve clearly not listened. I was left with no option but to pull her out of school.

“I fully understand the benefits of the farm to the other children but this is putting Callie at risk.”

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder which typically causes lung infections and can cause sufferers to have difficulty breathing.

Ms Lane, of Farriers Way, Clock Face, who chose not to send Callie or her nine-year-old sister Codie-Lee to school last Tuesday, added: “My children are happy, content and settled at Willow Tree but I have to protect my child - especially when she has a life-limiting condition.”

Headteacher Kathy Hall said: “Whilst we appreciate the family’s concerns, we have worked closely with environmental health, health and safety, the inclusion officer and animal welfare and have carried out all the necessary risk assessments.

“The farm has been inspected and passed. There is a double fence around the compound to prevent unauthorised access. At every stage in the development our parents have been consulted.”