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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
Is it possible to upload a copy of the school's terms and conditions on here?
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Many thanks for your patience. The relevant clause is Part J, which deals with force majeure events, and they specifically include pandemics.
In the event of such an event, the contract continues to apply as normal to start with but certain options start to apply depending on how long the event lasts.
Once the event starts, the school will be excused from carrying out its activities although you would still be liable for the fees. If the event continues for more than 90 days, then the school should be contacting you to make arrangements for ways to continue providing their services, like remote schooling or providing materials to help you home school.
Only if the event has been in place for at least 120 days will you eventually be able to cancel the contract with 3 days’ notice. You do not appear to be able to cancel the fees with immediate effect unfortunately ands there will be a period where you pay the fees, even if you are not sending your children to school.
I appreciate this may not be the answer you were hoping for but it is the legal position and I hope that it at least clarifies where you stand?
All the best