Failed Discovery New School in Crawley cost taxpayer £3m

A failed free school closing today has cost taxpayers more than £3 million.Discovery free school

Discovery New School in Crawley, which is for children aged four to 10, opened in September 2011 but has been plagued by funding issues and poor Ofsted reports.

And the annual accounts have revealed that more than £3 million of public money has been spent.

Explaining the decision when the closure was announced, schools minister Lord Nash said that “none of the school’s teachers were delivering good lessons and all were still consistently inadequate or required improvement”.

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