MP escorted out of failing Bright Tribe academy

An MP who is calling for a controversial academy trust to withdraw from a failing school has been physically escorted off the school’s premises during a visit to check on flood damage.

Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland and a member of the education select committee, has called for Bright Tribe to step aside from the ‘inadequate’ rated Whitehaven Academy and accused them of “neglecting” their responsibilities to the school.

At present, academies cannot remove themselves from a sponsor, but a sponsor can choose to hand one their academies to another trust.

But Bright Tribe has no plans to quit the troubled school, a spokesperson told Schools Week.

The school was closed on November 22 following torrential rain and widespread flooding in the North West.

Harrison said she visited the school the next day following concerns about the suitability of the buildings.

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