Buckinghamshire free school where ‘safety of pupils or staff’ is at risk warned it could lose funding

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Khalsa Secondary Academy, a Sikh free school in Buckinghamshire, has been sent a ‘minded to terminate’ letter by the area’s interim Regional Schools Commissioner, Dame Kate Dethridge.

The academy, the flagship school of the Khalsa Academies Trust, opened in 2013 despite local opposition over the siting of the school.  It was upgraded from requires improvement to good in September 2017.  

The RSC issued the funding warning because ‘the safety of pupils or staff is threatened and there has been a serious breakdown in governance.  Khalsa Academies Trust has been told the RSC needs to ‘be satisfied that this academy can ensure pupils and staff are safe.’

The school has been given 15 working days to respond to the letter, dated 2 December.

Khalsa Academies Trust runs three free schools.  Its website says it hopes to open a ‘purpose-built, state-of-the-art school’ in Sandwell in 2021/22.  The trust has also applied to open a free school in Leicester. 


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