Her children had been back at school for two days at the start of term in September when parents had a letter saying the academy trust that managed Freeston and 20 other schools across Yorkshire was disbanding. “That was a real worry for me. One of my sons is in year 11 and the other in year nine. Year 11 is an important year, as it’s his GCSE year.” … [Read more...] about Collapsing academy trust ‘asset-stripped its schools of millions’
Eastern university academy charter school
It had been rated "inadequate" by Ofsted in April 2016, but was judged to be "good" in July 2019, with inspectors noting the "high expectations of behaviour" contribute to "a calm, purposeful learning environment". … [Read more...] about Great Yarmouth Charter Academy Head Barry Smith to step down
Today it is estimated that Dwan, from a Manchester working-class family, is worth £75m; he and his wife, Amanda, own Rusland Hall, the stately country house in the Lake District that was once home to the socialist Beatrice Webb’s family. Three of his five children are said to attend the £16,000-a-year private Windermere school where Dwan is chair of governors. In February last year the Charity Commission examined payments to Equity Solutions from Windermere because of concerns over the “number and value” of the related party transactions but, aside from some minor recommendations on disclosure and a difference of opinion on whether payments to governors were allowed under the school’s articles of association, it gave the governors a clean bill of health and took no regulatory action. … [Read more...] about Are England’s academies becoming a cash cow for business?
“We agreed with the EFA to review our structures and governance six months ago, so that we remain in line with the very latest edition of the Academies Financial Handbook. As the NAO’s report confirms on Thursday, many of the changes we instigated back then are already complete, or under way and nearing completion,” the spokesperson said. … [Read more...] about Nearly half of academy trusts paid millions to ‘dubious’ contacts
By contrast, the Acorn’s accounts for 2013-14 [pdf], its first year of operation, say it had reached its capacity of 24 pupils by July 2014. The DfE data citing only two pupils was based on a “snapshot” of the number educated in January 2014. Continu Plus academy is listed in the DfE tables as having five pupils and grants of £2.1m. … [Read more...] about Taxpayer funds ‘alternative provision’ free schools at up to £430,000 a pupil