The government is looking for an academy trust to run the country’s first ‘secure school’, Schools Week can reveal.
Two years after the idea for ‘secure schools’ for young offenders was first mooted, the Ministry of Justice has committed £5 million to a site in Kent.
The Medway secure training centre (pictured), which is currently a young offenders centre, will be closed and re-developed before opening as a secure school in late 2020, a MoJ spokesperson confirmed.
Academy trust sought to run first ‘secure school’ in Kent
Conservatives must make the case for continuing school autonomy, which is being “called seriously into question” in political debate, the education secretary has said.
Damian Hinds told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference that parents of children at academies and free schools are “happy” with the institutions, and that it was up to the party to promote the idea of “diversity” in the school system in the face of political opposition.
Hinds: ‘We must re-put the case for school autonomy’
The Advernture Learning Academies Trust, the sister trust of the beleaguered Bright Tribe chain, is giving up all five of its schools.
The trust annouced that its trustees had voted for its four primaries and one secondary school in Cornwall to all be rebrokered to other sponsors. If follows Bright Tribe confirming officially last week that it will too give up all its remaining six schools.
The Regional Schools Commissioner and the Department for Education will now work to identify and decide on the new academy trusts to take on the abandoned group.
Adventure Learning Academies Trust gives up its 5 schools
A government investigation has uncovered a swathe of financial and governance failings at a single academy trust – including “potential irregularity” over football tickets costing more than £4,000.
The investigation into Westfield Academy, a mixed secondary school with a sixth form in Hertfordshire, also found a former finance boss had been paid a £22,600 honorarium (a voluntary payment for doing work outside their role) that was in breach of pay policies.
The investigation, triggered by anonymous allegations received in August and September 2017, found issues including misuse of school funds and assets, non-compliance with procurement, abuse of position and lack of transparency surrounding financial information.
Academy trust rapped over boss’ £23,000 ex-gratia fee