The BBC was reporting last week that the Al Madinah School, the first ‘free’ school in Derby, is being investigated by the government’s Education Funding Agency. The allegations are thought to relate to possible irregularities in the awarding of contracts for services at the school. The BBC also reports that the trust running the school refutes the allegations.
The school opened in September 2012. Its original Headteacher has just been replaced. The school caters for children between the ages of 4 and 16, using two temporary sites: Norman House, Heritage Gate, an office building which also houses a number of City Council departments; its secondary students are, from this September, accommodated at Midland House, another office building.