Rugby free school where head left suddenly in 2018 is threatened with funding termination

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The Learning Today Leading Tomorrow (LTLT) trust has been told its funding for the Rugby Free Secondary School could be ended.  The Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands, Andrew Warren, sent a ‘Minded to Terminate’ letter to LTLT on 17 September after the free school was judged inadequate in May.

The trust had until 9 October to respond with evidence to satisfy the RSC that the school could ‘achieve rapid and sustained improvement’.

Rugby Free Secondary School has been in temporary accommodation since it opened in September 2016.   Its head left without warning before the Autumn term 2018.  Parents claimed they were left in the dark and had to approach a local paper, the Rugby Advertiser, for help in finding out what caused the head’s sudden departure.

The proposal by LTLT, then known as Knowledge School Trust, to open a secondary free school in an area of Rugby where a new one wasn’t needed caused controversy at the time.  One councillor described it as ‘utter madness’.

In 2017, Education Uncovered, the website set up by Warwick Mansell, reported that LTLT had ‘spent more than tenth’ of its income on related party contracts.

LTLT also runs the Rugby Free Primary School which opened in 2015 and was judged good in May 2018.

Two more trusts threatened with funding termination

The Department for Education has published two further Minded to Terminate letters.  One is to Prime7 multi-academy trust in respect of Kings Sutton Primary School, Banbury.  The other is to  the Advance Trust in respect of Newbridge Secondary Short Stay School, Worcester.

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