Tory peer’s academy trust seeks unpaid workers

An academy trust founded by a Conservative peer is advertising for unpaid volunteers to fill key roles, as plans for another free school bite the dust.

Newly published accounts for the Floreat Education Academies Trust, founded in 2014 by Lord James O’Shaughnessy, a former aide to David Cameron, show “very low pupil numbers” forced it to scrap its plans to open a free school in Berkshire in September.

It is the trust’s third proposed free school that has fallen through, leaving it with just two small primaries. It did have another school – Floreat Brentford – but that closed last year over site issues. At the time, it had 381 pupils across its schools.

It has also emerged that the trust is looking for volunteers to fill the roles of finance assistant, office administrator and personal assistant to the chief executive.

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