Prodigy's Cambridge place under threat

August 28, 1998

A place for the youngest entrant to Cambridge University this century is under threat. The High Court this week ruled that the 15-year-old dyslexic should not be given additional financial support for his special educational needs. Alexander Faludy, who has an IQ off the scale but can write only two words a minute, is now relying on benefactions to fund his studies after the court ruled that his Portsmouth City Council was right not to award him special funding. Mr Justice Tucker said this week that "giftedness is not a special need". The court ruled that the city council's decision was not unlawful, and Mr Faludy was refused leave to appeal.

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