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News - 22 May 2014

Academy school chain closes.

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that Prospects Academies Trust, which runs six schools in Devon, Gloucestershire and East Sussex, will be the first academy chain to close.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The government says it is looking for sponsors to take them over, and pupils will not be disrupted, which has to be the main concern for us all.”

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, has urged the government to avoid "a kind of fire sale".

A spokesman for the DfE said “Two of the trust's schools are inadequate and it is disappointing that pupils are not getting the education they deserve.”

In a statement sent to the academies last week, Prospects Academies Trust chairman Peter Evans said: "We will be working with the DfE and yourselves to find a way forward to ensure an orderly transfer to alternative governance arrangements.

Dr Bousted said the system for dealing with academy closures needs to include "provision for moving the school back into local authority control if parents and staff believe this is the best solution".

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, described the free school and academies programme as "an ill-thought-out gamble with children's education.
"All state funded schools should be under the umbrella of the local authority to ensure that there are proper checks and balances in place," said Ms Blower.

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.

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