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Stanbridge Earls School in Romsey ordered to pay £86,000 to parents of sexually abuse pupil
A SPECIAL school has been ordered to pay more than £86,000 to the parents of a teenager at the centre of sexual abuse claims.
The school was slammed by a tribunal for being “unsystematic, unprofessional, ad hoc and completely inadequate” when it came to protecting the youngster, who can't be named for legal reasons.
Now the same body, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, has ruled that her parents should receive tens of thousands of pounds in costs they built up during the proceedings.
In their original findings, panel members said the school had discriminated against the girl and accused head teacher Peter Trythall of a “failure of responsibility”.
School bosses have spoken of their “deep regret” over the issue and called the emergency meeting so they could work with outside agencies to put right any shortcomings as soon as possible.
Speaking after the tribunal made its order for costs, the girl's parents said: “It was never about cost, but we are grateful for the ruling of the Tribunal.”
A school spokesman was not available for comment.
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