The parents of eight-year-old Wayne Appleby want him to attend Welburn Hall School, near Kirbymoorside, but they have been told that his needs are being met at his local school.
Welburn Hall is under threat of closure. The council is reviewing its future as part of a shake-up of special school provision. Ironically, it cites among the reasons for the proposed closure a fall in school numbers.
Campaigners fighting to keep the school open claim the authority is deliberately not referring pupils to it.