Perry Beeches broke funding rules in its final year as a school sponsor

Trustees at the scandal-hit Perry Beeches Academy Trust continued to break academy funding rules in the chain’s final year as a school sponsor, delayed accounts show.

Concerns highlighted in the latest accounts, including unauthorised credit card transactions, a lack of internal auditing and a failure to follow tendering procedures show that troubles continued to plague the trust in its last year as an academy sponsor.

In March 2016, a government investigation found the trust had funnelled £1.3 million to a private company without following proper procedures. The company then paid a “second salary” to superhead Liam Nolan.

Nolan, who received £160,000 over two years on top of his £120,000 salary, stepped down from the trust in May 2016 and was banned from teaching in November 2018. He can apply for the prohibition to be set aside in November 2020.

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