Crawley free school to close

Discovery Free School in Crawley will be the first free school to close following the initiative by Michael Gove.

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Department for Education defends closing free school

The Discovery free school in Crawley is the first free school in the country to close down.

It was meant to be one of the Government's flagship initiatives and this marks a serious setback.

The children have travelled to Downing Street today to deliver a petition to the Prime Minister.

A Department for Education spokesman said:

"The vast majority of free schools are performing well, with three-quarters rated good or outstanding. But we will not hesitate to intervene and take swift action if children are being denied the education they deserve. This applies to every school."

"Since the school was placed in special measures by Ofsted in May we have monitored progress closely. The Trust has not provided evidence they are making the changes required. Lord Nash has notified the Trust that the department will terminate its funding agreement at the end of the spring term. We are now working with West Sussex County Council to ensure the children affected have suitable alternatives in place and their transition is as smooth as possible."

– Department for Education spokesman

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Free school fights to keep open

The Discovery free school in Crawley is the first free school in the country to close down. It was meant to be one of the Government's flagship initiatives and this marks a serious setback. The children will travel to Downing Street to deliver a petition to the Prime Minister.

Malcolm Shaw has this report.

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