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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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Founder blames Gove for free school failure

The school's founder says Ofsted has failed to provide support for the school. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Andrew Snowdon, the founder of the failing free school in West Sussex, blamed Ofsted and Education Secretary Michael Gove's department for the problems at Discovery New School.

He told Channel 4 News: "The real failing is one of an out-of-control Ofsted and a Department for Education that hasn't always sung from a single song sheet or provided adequate support at the right moments.

"We were trying to do something very different here and always looking for short-term measures and quick results doesn't always produce what you want."

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