Cavendish Learning Trust may lose funding for two of its six academies

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The Cavendish Learning Trust( CLT) has been warned it may lose funding for two of its academies: Whitecotes Primary Academy and Poolsbrook Primary Academy after both schools were judged inadequate.

CLT runs six academies in Derbyshire: one secondary academy, Netherthorpe School, and five primary academies.  Netherthorpe is CLT’s only academy judged good.  Barrow Hll Primary Academy was judged to require improvement in March.  The predecessor school had been good.  Two further primary academies, Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy and Gilbert Heathcoat Nursery and Infant School have not been inspected since becoming academies.

The Regional Schools Commissioner said he had ‘concerns’ about the trust’s ability to bring about ‘required improvements in a rapid and sustained manner.’  He may yet be proved wrong.  The Ofsted report for Barrow Hill said CLT knew the school well and was ‘bringing about improvements in the areas in which they have focused.’

CLT trustees had until 22 October to respond.

Single-academy trust threatened with funding withdrawal

The RSC for the East Midlands and Humber has warned the trustees of St Joseph’s Primary School, Dinnington, that its funding may be withdrawn.  This follows an inadequate judgement.

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