Students and staff from the first free school in the UK to close travelled to Downing Street to raise concerns about the school's closure. The Discovery free school in Crawley left Sussex for London today in a bid to save their school. Malcolm Shaw has more.
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."
– Department for Education spokesman
"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."
Parents from West Sussex are travelling to London today to hand letters of support for the Discovery Free School in Crawley to ten Downing Street.
One of the first free schools to open in the country two years ago, it was deemed to be inadequate by OFSTED inspectors.
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.