Parents racism and bullying claims against Letchworth school thrown out of court - now they face six figure bill

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The head of Letchworth’s St Christopher’s School has spoken of his delight after ‘dreadful racist and bullying slurs’ were thrown out by a High Court judge yesterday morning.

The court dismissed claims made by parents who said their three boys had been bullied and made the victim of racial discrimination, and vindicated the boarding school in its pursuit of more than £23,000 worth of unpaid school fees.

St Christopher’s, founded in 1915, aims to be a champion of progressive education and some of their policies include the banning of meat, no school uniform, and addressing teachers by their first names.

Head Richard Palmer said: “We are delighted with the judgment and the utter rejection of the untrue claims of racial bullying. The school was founded and continues to be run on principles entirely alien to racism and bullying of any kind.

“While I am particularly delighted for the individual members of staff who were found to be completely innocent of the dreadful racist and bullying slurs levelled at them, I am nonetheless saddened that the school was forced to defend itself all the way to trial because of the parents’ refusal to see sense and drop their untrue claims.”


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High Court judge Mr Justice Holroyde said: “There is simply no evidence of bullying or victimisation of any of the boys and no evidence that the conduct of any member of staff towards any of the boys was motivated by racist views.”

He found that the parents had ‘lost all objectivity’ and were seemingly unaware “just how serious some of their unfounded allegations were”.

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He said the school witnesses were “caring professionals, honest, doing their best to give truthful and accurate evidence” while evidence from the parents, who now face a six-figure legal bill, was “unsatisfactory and unreliable” and they “for the most part they had no clear and coherent case to put forward.

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