Controversial takeover of Grindon Hall Christian School could go ahead within days

The Newcastle Chronicle is reporting that a hotly disputed takeover of a North East school put into special measures by Ofsted could go ahead within days.

That is the fear of the founders of Grindon Hall Christian School, in Sunderland, following a letter sent by Schools Minister Lord Nash.

It was put into special measures by Ofsted in November with the inspectorate stating at the time its curriculum was not adequately preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.

While the school said it accepted in principle having a sponsor, it has serious concerns about the academy seemingly chosen for the role by the Department for Education, Bright Tribe.

We have previously revealed how they have felt “railroaded” into accepting the North West-based academy which they say has no links to the region and a worse academic record than their own.

Now, they have revealed Lord Nash has written to Grindon Hall saying Bright Tribe was “in a position to start work as early as possible” and that “immediate action is needed.”

Grindon Hall trust member John Burn said: “We are astonished by Lord Nash’s letter and the obvious speed at which the DfE wants to push this through…

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This sounds like something that would be called a ‘hostile takeover’ in the commercial world.

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