Parents of dyslexic boy sue top prep school after he suffered two years of bullying Paul and Angela McDonnell are suing Bilton Grange School
They claim their son Patrick, 11, was repeatedly labelled 'thick' by pupilsAlso claim he was punched, kicked and threatened by his classmates
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Close: The McDonnell family are pictured on holiday in Murcia, Spain in April 2012. Angela and husband Paul are seen with sons Rory, left, and Patrick, right
'They wouldn't back down and said we had not given them sufficient notice to withdraw Patrick, that's when I got an educational solicitor.
'One parent who removed their child from the school said “it's an institution where bullying is an accepted way of life”.'
The couple will take their case to the small claims court at a date to be fixed later this year.
Mr McDonnell added: 'We've said that if we win we will donate the money to beat bullying charities.
'It's never been about money, it's about exposing the school.
'Whether we win or lose, we have always said we have done the right thing morally.'
They claim four other parents also removed their children from the school which charges up to 19,245 a year for a full boarder.
Mr and Mrs McDonnell, whose other son Rory, eight, attends a state school in Coventry, claim one girl was assaulted with a cricket bat and left needing crutches after a brutal attack by another pupil.
Bilton Grange – which is seen as a feeder school for Eton and posh Marlborough College – has a number of high-profile alumni including London-born R&B singer-songwriter Taio Cruz.
The pop star has since become an anti-bullying campaigner.
The 27-year-old revealed he was relentlessly bullied as a child at school and often took refuge in the music room but he was not specific about whether it took place at Bilton Grange.
On the school's website, it describes itself as 'a co-educational, boarding and day preparatory school for children aged four to thirteen with a special atmosphere that sets it apart from many good prep schools.'
The school was rated 'outstanding' in an Ofsted inspection in June 2011.
The school has been contacted for a comment.