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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 September, 2003, 15:04 GMT 16:04 UK
Disabled student wins college fight
Anthony Floyd-Shubrook
Anthony Ford-Shubrook got seven GCSEs
A student with cerebral palsy is beginning his A-levels after winning an injunction against his local college.

After his GCSEs Anthony Ford-Shubrook, 17, chose St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Harrow, north-west London.

But the college said it could not take him as his wheelchair would cause a hazard to other students.

However, it has been ordered to take him on as a pupil under the Disability Discrimination Act 2002 after the injunction was granted at Manchester County Court.

St Dominic's is close to his home and offers the subjects he wants, which is why he chose it.

This is his right under the new Disability Discrimination Act 2002, where disabled children can choose which school or college to attend.

But St Dominic's can still go to court to have him expelled.

'So angry'

The Learning and Skills Council, which funds the college, said in a statement: "We are totally committed to ensuring that every person has equal opportunity and access to learning regardless of individual circumstances."

But Anthony's mother Cath Ford-Shubrook, said: "We're so angry and it's been very stressful for Anthony all the way through his exams.

"We felt if we as his parents could not support him, having worked so hard all his life, who is going to?"

Liz Sayce from Disability Rights Commission, which has taken up Anthony's case, said: "Disabled people are only half as likely to go to university as other young people.

"Highly qualified young people's talents are being wasted but the new law is changing that."




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BBC's Luisa Baldini
"The disability commission has taken up Anthony's case"



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