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August 2, 2010

Outstanding UK school rejected for academy status

Jessica Shepherd:

A Tory minister has publicly attacked the education secretary over his beleaguered academies expansion plans, it emerged tonight.

Theresa Villiers, the junior transport minister, has written a furious letter to Michael Gove, the education secretary, for turning down a school's application to become an academy in her constituency.

Gove has said all schools rated outstanding by inspectors will be fast-tracked to become academies - schools run outside of local authority control - if they wish.

But despite being outstanding, Ravenscroft school in Barnet, north London, has had its academy application rejected by the government.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at August 2, 2010 1:42 AM
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