“The government’s free schools policy has come under renewed fire after it emerged that another of its studio schools, set up using millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, is to close this summer after a brief, troubled existence.
Plymouth studio school will be the 19th of its kind to shut its doors to pupils since the policy was introduced in 2010, at
an estimated collective cost of £48.3m
according to the National Education Union (NEU).
This week it also emerged that Isle of Wight studio school, which opened four years ago, will close in the summer of 2019 due to lack of demand.
The NEU says the latest closures bring the total to 66 new schools launched under the government’s flagship free schools policy that have either closed, partially closed or failed to open at all, at an estimated cost of almost
in startup costs and capital funding. …”