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Sandymoor School

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the financial management and educational attainment at Sandymoor Free School in Runcorn.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the level of financial deficit of Sandymoor Free School in Runcorn was for the last year for which financial accounts were submitted.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

We have no concerns regarding financial management at Sandymoor Free School and the Trust does not have a financial deficit.

On educational attainment, whilst the school received a good judgement from Ofsted in January 2014 it remains an academy of concern. The Progress 8 score in summer 2016 was -1.1 which is significantly below the LA average of 0.19 and the national average of 0. Only 33% of pupils achieved Grade C or above in English & maths (LA: 60.2%, National: 59.3%).

The pension deficit of the Trust for 2015/16 is £295,000.

The latest published financial statements for Sandymoor Free School 2015/16 show a cumulative carry forward surplus of £197,632.

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