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Supreme Court success for former Basildon schoolgirl

A woman who nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson in Essex 13 years ago has won a landmark ruling from the UK's highest court, which paves the way for her to pursue compensation from a local education authority.

Annie Woodland was a pupil at Whitmore Junior School in Basildon when she had to be pulled from the water and resuscitated at Gloucester Park pool in July 2000.

Ms Woodland, now in her 20s, suffered severe brain damage.

In October 2011 a High Court judge threw out Ms Woodland's claim against Essex County Council on the basis that it was bound to fail, a view backed in a majority ruling by Court of Appeal judges.

Supreme Court justices in London have today allowed her appeal against those findings.