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BRADFORD WINS BATTLE OVER SCHOOL ALLOCATION FOR SECOND TIME

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For the second time this year a High Court judge has thrown out claims that Bradford City Council's school catchmen...
For the second time this year a High Court judge has thrown out claims that Bradford City Council's school catchment area policy discriminates against Manningham's predominantly Asian residents.

Mr Justice McCullough said: 'there is no evidence of either direct or indirect racial discrimination in the council's policy'.

He added that there was nothing unlawful in the council's decision to link the catchment areas for the city's most popular schools to the 'traditional' locations which they served.

He said the council was obliged to set some criteria which had to be met by those seeking places at over-subscribed schools. And the parents in this case were discriminated against on grounds of geography and not because of their race, the judge ruled.

Mr Mohammed Kholil, a father-of-six, who had about 30 other sets of Manningham parents standing behind him, had his application for Judicial Review of the council's policy dismissed.

Having lost his case, Mr Kholil is now expected to take his claims to the Court of Appeal.

After the ruling, the council's barrister, Miss Elizabeth Appleby QC, sought an order that the Bradford Law Centre pay the legal costs of the case.

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