One of England’s most controversial schools is set to be taken over by one of the country’s most highly-praised academy trusts, Tes can reveal.
The Department for Education wants the Harris Federation to take over Durand Academy, in south London, when the funding agreement of Durand Academy Trust is terminated in June 2018.
Durand has been the subject of intense scrutiny over its complex governance arrangements, and revelations that then-headteacher Sir Greg Martin earned almost £400,000 in a year, including £161,000 from a private leisure centre operating on the school’s site.
In June this year, the DfE gave the trust one year’s notice that its funding agreement would be ended, and the school would be transferred to a new sponsor, because of breaches to its funding agreement and its refusal to comply with requirements from the DfE.
However, the decision about the school’s future was escalated to Lord Nash, who was an education minister at the time.
Harris currently sponsors 44 schools in the London area, and is regularly praised by ministers for its performance.
It is led by Sir Dan Moynihan, whose £420-425,000 salary in 2015-16 made him the highest paid academy leader in the country.
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