Advance Trust gets termination letters re two inadequate special schools

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A termination warning letter has been sent to Advance Trust re the Vale of Evesham School, downgraded from outstanding to inadequate in November 2019. 

Inspectors said the school, which has space for 193 pupils aged 2-19 including fifteen boarding students, had just recruited a new head.  She’d been ‘in post for two days’ having agreed to work two days a week before taking up her post in January 2020.  In the circumstances, perhaps it would have been more appropriate to send a ‘minded to terminate’ letter rather than the second-tier one.

This case again raises the question of consistency when sending out these letters.

Advance Trust received an earlier letter warning the trust it could lose funding for another of its schools, Newbridge Short Stay Secondary School, also in November.  Newbridge had been judged inadequate twice in succession.

The trust runs four special schools in Worcestershire.  The other two schools have been judged good.

Trustees have until 18 February to make written representations to Andrew Warren, the regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands.

Two ‘minded to terminate’ letters released today

A minded to terminate funding letter has been sent to The Mast Academy Trust regarding Kirkburton Middle School and to Meppershall CofE Academy Trust re Meppershall CofE Academy.

 

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