Failing free school told to close

One of the Government's flagship free schools - Discovery New School in Crawley, West Sussex - has been ordered to close amid continuing concerns about the standard of education it is offering.

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Failing free school in West Sussex ordered to shut

The Department for Education today said it had told the Discovery New School in West Sussex that it must close after expressing "grave concerns about the standards of education" it was offering.

Discovery New School ordered to shut. Credit: Discovery New School

Discovery New School in Crawley, West Sussex, has been told it must shut its doors on April 4 - the first time this kind of action has been taken.

In a letter to the school's chairman of governors, Chris Cook, Schools Minister Lord Nash said he was terminating its funding agreement. Discovery New School was declared failing and placed in special measures by watchdog Ofsted in May.

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