Parents and teachers at closure-hit Durham Free School seek legal advice

The BBC is reporting that parents and teachers at a failing school which is facing closure are seeking legal advice to see if they can keep it open…

In January, the government pulled the plug on funding for Durham Free School – which only opened in 2013 – after Ofsted rated it inadequate.

The school submitted an improvement plan but it was rejected.

Parents held a meeting on Thursday to discuss the closure. They said they were “devastated”.

Chairman of governors John Denning said he was consulting legal advisors to see if they could keep the school open without government support.

The school has been told it must shut at Easter by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Parent Dave Lewarne, who attended a meeting at the school with other parents and teachers, said: “I am totally devastated and shocked by what has happened – it is totally disruptive to kids’ lives.

“We are seeing the destruction of a school and it is really sad to see.

“The school has jumped through hoops and ticked every single box – it is doing exactly what it is supposed to do but every single thing is being ignored…”

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove And why wouldn’t they? Forcing a closure at Easter couldn’t be more disruptive timing-wise by DfE. Political decision?

  2. LaCatholicState

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Prosecutions must be brought against Ofsted. Kids were violated, and their education disrupted. Despicable.

  3. andylutwyche

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove It does seem that the DfE are leaning very heavily on Ofsted over this. DfE the driver at every stage

  4. DaveLewarne

    andylutwyche LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove there is political agenda behind all this worthy of #panorama Investigation

  5. DaveLewarne

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove, echomarkt reports ofsted stated school improving, NickyMorgan01 believed improvement not possible

  6. DaveLewarne

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove echomarkt no doubt. My daughter caught up in it all. She is devastated. School had excellent potential

  7. andylutwyche

    DaveLewarne SchoolsImprove echomarkt I find it questionable that the person making the decision (Morgan) is far from expert in education

  8. DaveLewarne

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove google durham city academy, robertabwMP project cancelled by gove, explains her hostility to DurhamFreeSch

  9. andylutwyche

    DaveLewarne SchoolsImprove echomarkt The negative effect on the pupils who are progressing at the school is not considered by DfE

  10. DaveLewarne

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove echomarkt she is a lawyer, not a teacher, although her minions -decision makers- were teachers

  11. DaveLewarne

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove echomarkt, NickyMorgan01 meeting Lisa07588467629 “you dont know me very well, I am very well-respected”

  12. andylutwyche

    DaveLewarne SchoolsImprove robertabwMP DurhamFreeSch There’s been a lot of political tinkering in your neck of the woods!!!

  13. andylutwyche

    DaveLewarne SchoolsImprove echomarkt NickyMorgan01 robertabwMP Ed Sec using her years of classroom exp to make an informed decision?

  14. andylutwyche

    DaveLewarne SchoolsImprove echomarkt NickyMorgan01 robertabwMP Ed Sec using her years of classroom exp to make an informed decision?

  15. DaveLewarne

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove echomarkt these same decision makers claimed DurhamFreeSch head Julian Eisner too old fashioned for today!

  16. DaveLewarne

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove echomarkt NickyMorgan01 certainly not allowing progress inspection to show progress. Plug pulled day before!

  17. andylutwyche

    DaveLewarne SchoolsImprove echomarkt DurhamFreeSch The irony as ministers crave the school experience they had in 60s, 70s & 80s

  18. writeandraise

    SchoolsImprove Private sector brings in administrators to save struggling businesses, but Edu – Ministers are blind folded from strategies

  19. Janet2

    @andylutwyche DaveLewarne SchoolsImprove echomarkt The negative effect on pupils should have been considered before school given the go-ahead.  There were already surplus places in Durham schools graded Good.

    School should never have been set up.  Complete waste of taxpayers’ money and devastating for education of children caught up in this mess.

  20. TW

    Janet2  The more that is revealed the greater the realisation that the SoS had no choice but to act as urgently as possible to rescue these children.  The sooner that happens the sooner damage can start to be repaired.

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