‘Termination warning notice’ served to troubled Runcorn free school

told to improve or have its funding pulled.

The Department for Education (DfE) has served Sandymoor School with a ‘termination warning notice’ informing it that it has not done enough to address concerns identified by Ofsted.

School leaders have until Friday, July 13, to respond and show how they can turn around its situation and the DfE has said it will consider the reply ‘when deciding whether or not to terminate’ Sandymoor’s funding agreement.

This would effectively mean the school would probably have to close under its current guise.

However the school has told parents that the principal Emma Simpson and and governors now believe it would be best for the school to be amalgamated into an existing multi-academy trust – a group of academies run by the same trust.


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