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News - 4 April 2014

First Free School to close

A free school in West Sussex will become the first in the country to be shut down later, following concerns over teaching standards.

The school was put into special measures in May following criticism by Ofsted inspectors.
'Living hell' the inspection team had warned there was a risk of children leaving the school unable to read or write. It was ordered to close in December after two subsequent inspections.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“It was announced in February that another Free School, this one in Derby, will close in the summer because of government concerns about its quality of teaching.”

FREE SCHOOL FACTS

  • There are 174 of them
  • Set up by parents, teachers and academy chains
  • They have priority for funds over other new schools
  • Average capital cost is £6.6m
  • They receive funds directly from DfE
  • Will be inspected within two years of opening

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
Tel: 023 8083 6900  E-mail: abds@netaccountants.net

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