Refusal unlawful;Postscript;Letter;News amp; Opinion

19th November 1999 at 00:00
IN YOUR article on the Channel 4 documentary on Firfield School (TES, November 5) you mention a scene where the school makes a decision"to refuse an 11-year-old boy, already excluded from two other schools, a place at Firfield, and the grim consequences for him". Maybe I've misunderstood but as far as I'm aware this is illegal. A school which has a vacant place cannot refuse a pupil whether that pupil has been excluded twice or 200 times.

Bob Minter, Support For Learning Service, London borough of Tower Hamlets

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