Uncertainty for Durand boarding school at Stedham

Durand Academy Executive Head Sir Greg Martin speaking to students SUS-141111-155708001
Durand Academy Executive Head Sir Greg Martin speaking to students SUS-141111-155708001

The weekly boarding school set up by the Durand Academy in the former St Cuthman’s school at Stedham is facing an uncertain future after the academy received a notice from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) of ‘provisional intention to terminate’ its funding agreement.

The Durand Academy Trust (DAT) runs an infant and junior school in south London as well as the boarding school at Stedham.

The academy received £17m from the government to set up the school for weekly boarders in 2014.

Last year the Charity Commission investigated the relationship between the academy and DAT, a separate body that runs and governs it.

The move came after parliament’s Public Accounts Committee said there was an ‘unacceptable lack of clarity’ over who owned assets held by the trust.

The government’s Education Funding Agency (EFA) has written to Durand’s chair of governors Sir Greg Martin, setting out its provisional intention to terminate the funding agreement.

It said acting executive head teacher Mark McLaughlin should either resign from any company of which Sir Greg is a director or in which he has a shareholding or resign from DAT to remedy the breaches that have occurred”.

The trust now has the opportunity to respond to the issues raised in the notice, the minister added.

The Durand Academy Trust said there had been no warning from the EFA or the Department for Education. “We are currently seeking legal advice and will respond in due course. Therefore, we are unable to provide further comment at this stage.”

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