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Wayland Academy in Watton could face action after government termination warning served

PUBLISHED: 14:22 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 07:57 26 October 2017

Wayland Academy Norfolk. Picture: TEN Group

Wayland Academy Norfolk. Picture: TEN Group

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An academy in Watton could have its funding withdrawn after the government served it a warning notice.

The Department for Education has issued a termination warning notice in relation to Wayland Academy, which is run by Norfolk Academies, part of the Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN) Group.

In a letter to the school, written in July and published today, Tim Coulson, former regional schools commissioner for the region, said he was not satisfied the trust “has the capacity to support the rapid and sustained improvement that is required”.

He said that, in deciding whether to terminate the funding agreement - which could see the school moved to another sponsor - he would consider any representations made by the trust.

It came after the school was put in special measures by Ofsted in July, after a visit in April, when inspectors said leaders had not ensured all pupils feel safe at the school.

MORE: Wayland Academy in Watton put in special measures after concerns raised over bullying, homophobia and lack of understanding about radicalisation

They also found that “governors’ scrutiny of, and challenge to, the school’s leaders has not been sufficient to ensure that pupils are protected from discriminatory language, or that they have the knowledge necessary to protect themselves from radicalisation and extremist views”.

Dick Palmer, chief executive of TEN Group, said: “We are currently working closely with the regional schools commissioner to best support the academy going forward in order to address the matters raised by Ofsted.

“The trust has already put in place a number of measures to address those issues including establishing an executive improvement board and carrying out a number of audits by external organisations. We are confident that the academy is already addressing much of what was raised in the Ofsted report.”

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