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Church of England Academy given financial notice to improve.

Church of England Academy given financial notice to improve.

A Church of England academy in Pontefract has been served with a financial notice to improve, after failing to balance its books.

St Giles Church of England Academy, which is a single-academy trust, received an “intervention visit” from the Education and Skills Funding Agency in May, to investigate concerns about its financial statements for 2016-17.

The primary school was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in 2015 and serves around 250 pupils.

But the visit revealed “numerous material weaknesses in the accounting practices, internal control systems and governance of the trust”.

“The number and serious nature of the issues identified give cause for concern and this does not provide the ESFA with assurance of good financial management and governance within the trust,” Mike Pettifer, the ESFA’s director of the academies and maintained schools, wrote in a letter to the chair of governors.

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