The Department of Education is working with West Sussex County Council to ensure children affected by the closure of a free school will have suitable alternatives, a spokesman said today.
Discovery New School was one of the first 24 free schools - a flagship education policy of the coalition Government - to open in 2011.
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. [Schools Minister] Lord Nash has today notified the trust that the department will terminate its funding agreement at the end of the spring term.
The sudden demise of the Discovery New School is likely to undermine confidence in Education Secretary Michael Gove's flagship programme.
Parents and governors at the Discovery New School in Crawley have expressed their dismay after it became the first free school to be closed.