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School admits claims against student false

AAP logoAAP 5/10/2016 Anna Hitchings

A prominent Sydney girls school sued over the expulsion of a student has admitted allegations made against her were false.

Ravenswood School for Girls was taken to court by the Haynes family after student Charlotte Haynes was expelled for allegedly bullying a disabled student at a Year 8 school camp last year.

In a letter sent to parents and faculty on Tuesday, Ravenswood council chair Mark Webb said the case had been settled out of court.

"The school acknowledges allegations reported in the media about Chris (Haynes') daughter, Charlotte, are false and unfounded," the letter stated.

The incident came to light after older sister and school captain Sarah used her valedictory address to criticise the school for its actions, a speech which went viral after being posted to Youtube in December.

"I don't know how to run a school but it seems to me that today's schools are being run more and more like businesses where everything becomes financially motivated, where more value is placed on those who provide good publicity or financial benefits," she said. "I would love to see Ravo work towards something better."

While reports vary as to the nature of the alleged incident involving Charlotte, it is understood the Haynes' lawyers argued the penalty of expulsion was excessive.

Details about the settlement were not provided and Mr Webb said in the letter that "the parties have agreed not to make any further comment".

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