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Walsall Council sorry for 'distressing' girl over school move

A council has apologised for causing "serious distress" to a "vulnerable" 13-year-old girl by trying to force her to move schools.

Walsall Council wanted to save money by moving the girl, who cannot be named, to a school closer to her home.

A report by the Local Government Ombudsman said she was settled at her current residential school and found the prospect of moving upsetting.

The council said it was now "working closely" with the girl and her carers.

BBC WM's political reporter Susana Mendonca reports.

  • 01 Oct 2013