School sued over results

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A SOUTH Yorkshire father is planning to sue his son’s private school after he failed to get the three A grades he was expecting at A-Level.

David Webster, now aged 20, from Darton, Barnsley, was unable to go to University College London as a result.

His father Roger says £11,000-a-year Silcoates School in Wakefield failed to guide him properly in his geography course work.

David obtained As in maths and further maths but only got a B in geography after he was marked down on his course work.

Mr Webster, 50, a lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, said the school should not have let his son submit the material.

David is now studying for a natural sciences degree at Durham University but his father is still pursuing the case and has spent thousands on legal fees.

Mr Webster said: “David was predicted As in all his subjects and has always done really well at school.

“He went to get his results and we had a phone call to say he had got a B in geography. What had let him down was the geography course work that had been submitted. It came back marked E which was a shock to him and me as well. I spoke to the exam board who said the course work did not meet their criteria.”

Mr Webster said: “I sought legal advice at an early stage and letters have been exchanged between my solicitors and the school. After spending a lot of money on fighting the case and sending a lot of correspondence we are now having to think what to do next.

“I am considering taking the school to court for failing in their duty of care towards David. We had a contract in place that they would provide education to an agreed national level and we say they have failed to do that. They say they are not to blame and the exam board did not mark the course work correctly.

“We’re not interested in any compensation. I just want the school to acknowledge that they got it wrong.”

Despite numerous exchanges between the family, the school and the exam board the case has dragged on for two years.

Silcoates head Darryl Wideman, said any ‘fault’ lay with the exam board.

He said: “We utterly refute any suggestion that the teaching he received was not satisfactory. We submitted David’s work in good faith and have always believed it was worthy of higher marks.”