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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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Timeline of events at Discovery New School

  • September 2011 - Discovery New School opens in Crawley, West Sussex becoming one of the first 24 free schools in the country.
  • May 2013 - Ofsted inspectors rate school 'inadequate'.
  • June 2013 - Placed in special measures.
  • October 2013 - Founder and headteacher Lindsay Snowdon suspended. Interim headteacher Penny Crocker appointed.
  • November 2013 - Ofsted inspects the school again and reports that little progress had been made.
  • December 2013 - Department for Education announces that the school's funding agreement is being terminated on 4th April 2014.

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