School’s debt to be cleared so it can be academy

MORE than £800,000 of debt racked up by a Portsmouth school could be cleared if government funding is approved. The Harbour School, which has four sites across the city including at Fratton and Tipner, currently has a deficit of £868,258 and is looking to join a multi-academy trust for more financial stability. Ahead of a school forum next Wednesday, council officers have recommended that the funds from central government go to the school to ensure it can become part of the Delta Education Trust. It is thought the move could provide more financial and educational support to the school. Since it opened in 2007 it has specialised in teaching children aged between five and 16 who have social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs and those with medical needs. However, it is unlikely the partnership could happen without clearing the school’s debt.

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