Tens of thousands of pupils at rudderless ‘zombie schools’

An estimated 53,000 pupils attend so-called zombie schools that are stuck in administrative limbo as they wait for new sponsors.

Official figures show that 93 academies are in the process of transferring between trusts after their original sponsor backed out. The figure has increased by 45 per cent from 64 in 2017.The academies are said to be crippled by the uncertainty of the transfer process, with governing bodies hesitating to make long-term decisions until a sponsor is found.


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