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News - 25 February 2015

Free School closure confirmed

A 'failing' free school in Durham will close at the end of this term after its action plan was judged insufficient to turn it around.

Ofsted inspectors pinpointed particular problems with bullying and poor pupil attitude at the school. They also said the school's curriculum was failing to help students understand "British values" or "prepare them for life in modern Britain".

Although the school had submitted an improvement plan the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan has decided to pursue closure.

Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments:
“A letter from the regional schools commissioner for the north said the education secretary had taken into account the representations from the school as well as letters and emails from parents and pupils. But they had not sufficiently demonstrated that it was addressing the problems of intolerance of people with different faiths, values or beliefs.”

The school opened in September 2013 with 94 pupils and is the third free school to close since the policy was introduced in 2010.

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

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