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The Isle of Wight Council has hailed Friday's high court judgement as a vindication of its local education system a...
The Isle of Wight Council has hailed Friday's high court judgement as a vindication of its local education system and of the quality and care provided in its schools.
This follows an 11-day hearing into a two-part claim against the local education authority by Shams Emily Trine Hansen, now aged 24, a pupil at Ryde High School between April 1991 and June 1993, that the school failed to address bullying and to make adequate provision for her special educational needs in the form of dyslexia.
Assistant director of education, David Pettitt, who at the time of the claims was head of Ryde High School, said: 'We are very pleased that Mr Justice Wright has dismissed the allegations of failing to address bullying and failure to educate, and has found in the council's favour on both counts.
'While we are delighted that the case has been decided in our favour, this victory has only been achieved at a considerable cost to the school and its staff and the local education authority, in having to defend these groundless claims.
'We regret the amount of time, energy, and the emotional investment that this case has caused for so many people over the past six years. We also regret the way in which their professional integrity has been called into question as these allegations have been found to be groundless.
'This long-running action reflects a growing and regrettable trend in litigation against public servants who are doing their best and working to the highest of standards.
'This case which has involved 20 defence witnesses appearing for the council, has not only cost a great deal in terms of time and stress to those involved, but in financial terms it has cost at least£125,000, which is being met by our insurers,' added Mr Pettitt.
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