The government has ordered the closure of a failing free school for the first time after education inspectors found standards there unacceptably poor.
The Discovery New School in Crawley, West Sussex, has had its funding pulled after failing to make the required improvements.
Schools Minister Lord Nash wrote to governors saying the school must close next April.
The Department for Education said most free schools performed well.
Free schools are state-funded but independently run schools, often set up by parents, teachers and academy chains. There are 174 in England, two of which, including the Crawley school, have been found to be providing inadequate standards of education.
The decision to order the closure of the school will be embarrassing for the government, as free schools are one of its flagship education policies.
But the government insists that overall free schools are providing a good standard of education.
“The staff are currently unable to deliver teaching and learning even at the most basic level” Lord NashSchools Minister
Discovery New School was visited by Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw’s team three times in the past six months.
Source – BBC