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Children unsafe?

Children unsafe?

A school run by a failed alternative provision academy trust was deemed so unsafe it was told to remove its older pupils immediately, documents obtained by Schools Week reveal.

Government advisers warned in November last year that “children are not safe” at the Central Devon Academy. They also raised serious concerns about young pupils locked in classrooms, poor recording of attendance, absent leadership and demoralised staff.

The school was one of three AP academies run by the Schools Company Trust, all of which have been rated “inadequate” by Ofsted.

The DfE, its Education and Skills Funding Agency and the regional schools commissioners are like the proverbial three monkeys who apparently see no evil, speak no evil, nor hear no evil of the academy programme

Schools Week has previously exposed scandals at the trust, including inflated reporting of GCSE grades and poor safeguarding, and a predicted deficit of £8 million at the end of last year. It is now in the process of being closed.

Heavily redacted correspondence between the trust and the government, obtained by Schools Week under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the extent to which the academy was allowed to deteriorate before formal intervention in November last year.

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