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School apologises to autistic boy

A school did not make reasonable adjustments for an autistic boy sitting its 11-plus entrance exam, the Local Government Ombudsman has ruled.

The boy, who has autistic spectrum disorder, failed the exam at King's Grammar School, Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The ombudsman Anne Seex said the school had not considered its duties under the Disability Discrimination Act.

The school has apologised, given the boy a 50 gift token and agreed to handle future cases differently.

Incorrect advice

King's Grammar, a foundation school which acts as its own admissions authority, did not make adjustments for the boy after taking advice from a consortium of grammar schools.

He was said to have become so upset during the exam that he could not see the paper.

Ms Seex said King's had taken incorrect advice.

The school has agreed to consider its responsibilities in the light of individual circumstances when dealing with issues of disability in future.

The boy was admitted to another grammar school on the basis of his Sats results and his junior school's recommendation.


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