CHF & ORS, R (On the Application Of) v Newick Church of England Primary School & Anor [2021] EWCA Civ 613

12th May 2021

Sophie Smith-Holland writes: This was an appeal in respect of an order protecting the identification of the appellants’ children in any reporting of judicial review proceedings. The respondents were their children’s primary school and the Council responsible for it.


In the summer of 2019 serious and sensitive allegations were made about the behaviour of one of the appellants’ children towards other children in the school. A dispute arose about the way in which the allegations were handled. The appellants applied for judicial review. In their claim form they sought anonymity for the children and themselves. The Appellants and the children share a distinctive surname.