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Lee Westwood Golf School and Darren Clarke Golf School in Northern Ireland are fee paying golf schools and 'sister' companies, with one or more of the same directors in both organisation. My son was badly bullied in DCGS, the management was an absolute disaster and they failed to address the problems and he was almost suicidal. After a lot of texts and conversations with DCGS they suggested my son move across to LWGS but on condition that he did not tell anyone where or why he was going either at DCGS, LWGS or on social media otherwise they would expel him from LWGS and all the fees for two additional years would be payable. After a 1.5 years at LWGS I discovered the BTEC course in both schools were funded by the Government and therefore free, although the BTEC is/was mentioned on their website. They had made me sign a contract for an extra 1.5 terms to LWGS (costing £5,000 extra) essentially for 5 essays he could have done at the college local to home. The £5000 was because it was all or nothing...5 topics/essays plus golf - no other option. All I wanted him to do was complete the education part, not do golf too. I withdrew him from LWGS before the last 1.5 terms. They are now taking me to the County Court for the £5000 but I feel I was let down, totally misled and they are con-artists. Am I right and in what legal terms?

Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
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Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Did they fail to provide anything that they offered?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

BTEC work generates 'credits' and these credits can be transferred to another provider of a BTEC to go towards that award. So yes.
Darren Clarke Golf School failed to manage his BTEC education by not informing Northern Regional College that he had moved back to England and failed to organise his BTEC credits to move with him.

DCGS also failed in it's duty of care of my son to the point that he was almost suicidal.

DCGS failed to allow us to express our concern to other people about the organisation by threatening us with a sort of 'gagging order' on the whole subject and 'pay up at LWGS'. I think a sound organisation would not have handled the problem this way.

DCGS and LWGS failed in transparency too - I only discovered the BTEC was paid for by the Government by accident when I was trying to obtain credits for his work at DCGS.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Is it untrue that credits can be transferred?
Your other points do not give you a challenge Im afraid.

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