Girl gets £7,500 payout after she was left with no school place for 14 months and missed GCSEs

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A girl who missed more than a year of her education, including her GCSE exams, has been paid £7,200 compensation by Leicestershire County Council.

The council has also apologised to the teenager, who was a Year 10 pupil when she was left without a school place for nearly 14 months at "a critical time in her education".

The teenager, whose family moved from the Leicester city area over the county border, was unable to attend classes from early-January 2019 to the end of February 2020 because there were no places at nearby academy schools.

Although the county council has no direct authority over academies’ admissions, an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised County Hall for not doing enough to tackle the case earlier.

It said the council should have used those powers it does have through the Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency, (ESFA), to

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