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Yorkshire news The Bradford school facing a £5m black hole PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - 'The government has failed this school'

Yorkshire news  The Bradford school facing a £5m black hole PremierLeague-News.Com
07 April 2021 - 11:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Bradford's political leaders have been urged to “dig their heels in” to help a city school facing a £5.1 million deficit. Hanson School ’s spiraling deficit was raised at a meeting of Bradford Council ’s Executive on Tuesday. Papers revealed the Swain House school, which with more than 1,600 pupils is one of Bradford’s biggest, had seen its deficit rise from £4.3m to £5.1m in the past year. It comes as the school approaches the 10th anniversary of being given an academy order by the Government – forcing Bradford Council to hand over control of the school to a private academy chain. But no academy has been willing to take on the school, and it remains in local authority control. To get the latest email updates from MyBradford, click here . The deficit at the school has been rising for a number of years, with a costly PFI contract, a drop in pupil numbers due to poor results in the past, and an on-site sports facility all being blamed. But Councillor Mike Pollard said it was time for council bosses to "dig their heels in". He said: “We are approaching the ten year anniversary of Hanson getting an academy order without any academy trust wanting to touch Hanson with a ten foot barge pole. “This deficit issue seems to be a standing item on the agenda of the Corporate Scrutiny Committee.” He added: “I acknowledge Covid won’t have helped, but let’s not pretend that is the core problem here.

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.” Read More Related Articles Shock figures reveal £17m agency staff bill for Bradford children's services Read More Related Articles Teenage lads from Bradford launch weekly panel show to rival Loose Women He asked what the council was doing to put pressure on the Department for Education to act. Education boss Councillor Imran Khan pointed out the school’s recent history - with four headteachers in four years, and three academy trust deals falling through. He said: “Our main focus is raising standards of the school.” He told the meeting that the current governing body and leadership team were helping improve the school’s standards, adding: “They are starting to turn things around. The current head teacher is doing a fantastic job. He has come in and stayed at the school under challenging circumstances.” Cllr Khan said: “I’m sorry to say a lot of this is out of our control. “The government has failed this school, they have had opportunities to step in and help. “We hope at some point in the very near future things may change to bring the deficit down. “Hanson is one of our biggest schools and we have to make sure it continues to operate and offer its pupils the best possible chances. “You’re right, this issue has become a regular item at meetings, and we’re doing everything we can to bring this under control.” The Department for Education has been contacted for a response.

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