West Sussex failing free school 'did not show changes'

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.

– Spokesman, Department of Education

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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.