PARENTS and students of Whitehaven Academy have been “let down”, a government official admitted.
Jonathan Slater, the Department for Education’s permanent secretary, has spoken out about the problem-plagued school saying the school’s management “has not been up to the task”.
And it was revealed that Bright Tribe trust, which runs Whitehaven Academy, may have to pay back money it received from government for the academy, if the cash has not been spent on what it was intended.
A university should pull out of running academy schools because of a “record of repeated failure”, a group of local MPs has said.
Four MPs in Cheshire and Staffordshire have written to the University of Chester after an academy trust it owns announced staff cuts due to a £3m deficit.
They want the trust to “voluntarily cede control” of seven schools.
An East Cambridgeshire school that could become an academy has caused outrage among parents who claim they were “appalled” to not be told about the move before.
Swaffham Prior CofE alerted parents of their proposal to become part of a multi-academy trust (MAT) earlier this week.
However, parents claim that the community were told nothing about the decision prior to the announcement.
A multi-academy trust is where a group of schools is governed through a single set of members and directors.
Yesterday (May 17) saw a protest held outside of the Station Road school – with a petition already gaining signatures from around 35 families.
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.