YOUNGSTERS at two schools face an uncertain future after the shock announcement that their academy chain will be wound up following disappointing exam results.
The board at Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) — which runs Swinton Brookfield Primary Academy and Mexborough Academy — asked the Department for Education to find new sponsors for the schools.
Union leaders called for the school’s to be brought back under council control — but the authority said that would not be legally possible.
The two academies are part of the 21 schools currently run by WCAT, which announced last Friday it “does not have the capacity to facilitate the rapid improvement our academies need and our students deserve” and had requested the DfE placed its academies with new sponsors.
National Audit Office asked to investigate Wakefield City Academies Trust
An MP has asked the National Audit Office to investigate the collapse of an academy trust which has pulled out of running 21 Yorkshire schools. Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett wants government auditors to look into the financial management of Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT).
Revealed: The £16m cost of transferring academies to new sponsors
The government has spent more than £16 million in grant funding to move academies to new sponsors over the past four years, new figures have revealed.
Grant funding for 2013-14 was £566,000, rising to nearly £4m the following year, and £4.2m in 2015-16.
The figure for 2016-17, which the government said was not directly comparable with previous years, was £7.2m.
In the first three years, the figures included items such as legal, ICT and education consultancy costs. In 2016-17, they included items such as staff restructuring and communication costs.
The figures for the first three years excluded the cost of paying-off academy deficits, while those for 2016-17 also excluded capital costs and statutory redundancies.
The costs relate to 332 academies that have changed trusts since 2013-14.
LucyJ, Education Correspondent.