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Cite as:  EWCA Civ 191
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IN THE COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION)
ON APPEAL FROM THE WANDSWORTH COUNTY COURT
(HIS HONOUR JUDGE COMPSTON)
London WC2A 2LL
Wednesday 30 January 2002
B e f o r e :
LORD JUSTICE BUXTON
|IN THE MATTER OF|
Smith Bernal Reporting Limited, 190 Fleet Street,
London EC4A 2AG
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The Respondent did not attend and was not represented.
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"I was shown examples of [N's] written work from September 1999, when he first started attending the centre. In samples of his work in the autumn term, his handwriting is well formed and his work well presented. His spelling and grammar are of a higher standard than average for his age. However, this high standard is not sustained and the quantity and quality of his work, as seen in the samples I was shown, appears to have deteriorated during the year, to the extent that there were no samples of written work at all in the summer term. The decline in the quality of his work is replicated across all subjects."
"The most beneficial aspect of [N's] present educational arrangements is his very positive attitude to the centre."
"The education [N] is receiving meets his social needs and provides him with a positive learning environment. However, from the evidence seen, it is not providing him with a sufficiently broad and balanced curriculum to match his ability and aptitude, particularly in English, mathematics and science. I recommend that provision be made to address this weakness."
"[N] still has a positive attitude towards his education at the centre. His social needs are broadly being met through his daily contact with the other students and his life outside the centre.
The confidence his mother showed in the education provision offered by the Centre has not borne fruit in the work I saw or the test results. [N] is a bright boy and based on the evidence I saw he is not achieving the standards I would expect in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. It is not possible to make a judgment about his standards in ICT because no evidence was provided. However [N] says he seldom has access to a computer at the Centre so it is reasonable to assume he is not attaining average standards in ICT. His curriculum is rather narrow and also lacks sufficient challenge. From the evidence provided by the Centre and conversations with [N], he appears to have made little discernible progress since my last visit."
"The weaknesses in the education provision for [N] that I highlighted when I last visited have not been adequately addressed. [N] is not achieving a broad and balanced education to match his ability and aptitude. I therefore recommend that he return to the mainstream education system as soon as possible. However, both [N] and his mother will need support to accept mainstream school. It is in his best interests. Without their acceptance, his transfer to a secondary school is unlikely to succeed."
"It is loving and supportive. The children are happy and are learning how to cope in a difficult world. But they have to be educated."