A free school, Discovery New School, in England has been forced to closed due to its poor standards. Education inspectors made the decision after giving the school a chance to make improvements. The school has failed to do this, meaning that funding is pulled.
According to a letter to school governors from Lord Nash, the school will close in April 2014.
This is the first free school to face closure in England, but the poor conditions are not due to its status as a free school. Most free schools continuously perform well.
Free schools were set up in the United Kingdom to run independently by teachers, parents, or academy chains. They all receive funding from the government, and there are currently 174 in England. Two schools were deemed inadequate by inspectors.
Lord Nash explained that the school was unable to teach at “the most basic level.” In May, the inspectors believed that children would leave Discovery New School without being able to write or read, and it has been inspected three times in the last six months with very little improvement.
There is now concern over the children who attend the school, but officials state that the children are being looked after to make sure they are moved to suitable alternative schools.
By Alexandria Ingham