The TES is reporting that the former headteacher of Durand Academy has stated that there is conspiracy behind the criticisms of the academy’s trust and that it will close if fund is withdrawn.
His claims come just weeks after the Education Funding Agency said it would be terminating Durand Academy Trust’s (DAT) funding agreement, amid high-profile concerns about conflicts of interest in its complex management structure.
Asked if the Durand Education Trust (DET) – the charitable foundation behind the academy – would give up ownership of the land to allow someone other than DAT to run the south London school, Sir Greg Martin said: “The answer’s no, and also we are not moving. They can’t move us.
“The only thing they can do, as far as we understand it, is distribute the children and make all teachers redundant. That’s a very, very extreme thing to do to a fairly successful school.”
The Department for Education was unable to comment on whether DET, as landowner, could prevent anyone else running the school.
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