The frustrated parents of a teenage boy with special educational needs who has missed out on four years of school has slammed Bucks County Council for failing their son.

Harminder Samra and Gary Rann say their 13-year-old son Kyle has suffered six years of “education negligence” – which included four years out of school completely while the council were “looking for the right placement” – and two years going to school part time.

The pair say they are “exhausted” at the fight to get Kyle the education he deserves - which has included three tribunals – and have decided to make their plight public after making numerous complaints that their son has fallen behind.

Harminder said: “Our son deserves an education and is capable of so much more if given the opportunity. The complaints process is not fit for purpose and our son does not have another six years to waste. He is now 13 years of age.

“We are in a position where we cannot even move away as Kyle is now so far behind his peers. This is educational negligence. It takes one professional person to stop failing this little boy any further and to prevent wasting so much money on tribunals. Six years of provision and school wasted.”

Harminder said the family was given no support by the county council, even though Kyle had a statement of special needs, and were told that all mainstream schools that can provide specialist support for children with long-term special educational needs were full.

He spent three terms at Millbrook School in High Wycombe but Harminder said Kyle was not given the support he was promised, meaning he “regressed three years” in that time.

The Rann family went to tribunal – and Kyle was instead placed at Kingswood School in High Wycombe, which he attended for two weeks but was “crying every day and unhappy” and his mental health deteriorated.

Kyle did not return to the school after being off sick for 15 days as his parents worried he was not getting any support – and no work was provided for him while he was at home.

The teenager should now be settled into secondary school – but the problems are ongoing, with Kyle only attending Holmer Green Senior School part time.

And while Harminder said a specialist teacher at the school has been “invaluable”, she fears her son is being pushed into going to a special school instead – against the family’s wishes.

His mum said: “Kyle has made huge amounts of progress on a part time timetable but every child is entitled to a full time education. Kyle is not disruptive, never has been, and has a very kind nature.

“Kyle has suffered significant loss in education, not only in learning but in social development - the lack of support resulting in severe emotional trauma and anxiety.”

A Bucks County Council spokesman said they could not comment on individual cases, but added: "The county council's services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities are a very high priority for us, and we continue to work to ensure that those children and young people receive the support they need in order to achieve fulfilling learning and lives.

“Whilst we are unable to publicly respond to a specific case, we always strive to provide the appropriate educational support for children in line with their specific needs.

“To help with this, we are working closely with all our partners as well as parents and carers to redesign our special educational needs and/or disabilities services.

“We are also working with local settings to meet growing demand and investing in additional capacity for those groups where we are seeing high levels of increased need.”