David Wolfe, of Matrix Chambers, and the founder of A Can of Worms
- a website devoted to academies, free schools and the law - has asked the first 24 free school providers, under the Freedom of Information Act, if he can have copies of their Funding Agreements. ARK has released Funding Agreements
for its two free schools, although both appear to be in practice academies and presumably called free schools to bump up the numbers in the DFE press releases. Both ARK schools have funding agreements that appear to be extensions of the ARK academies master agreement.
a Church of England free school in the London Borough of Camden, has voluntarily released it's funding agreement to David and is the first school to be seen to use the 'free school' funding agreement/contract rather than the original academies model funding agreement. As I explained here
the free schools model agreement gives proposers the power to vary the Admissions Code. St Luke's hasn't chosen to take advantage of this extra freedom, but the potential for free schools to fiddle around with their admissions, perfectly legally, is worrying.
Only 21 to go....I wonder what is holding them back?