Barnfield College, the powerhouse behind the Federation involved in turning Leighton’s St George’s Lower School into an academy, is being investigated by the Department For Education.
A spokesman for the department exclusively told the LBO this week: “The DfE and the SFA have received allegations relating to Barnfield College and the Barnfield Federation. We are taking these seriously and are investigating.”
Barnfield had been involved in turning the St George’s School, on East Street, Leighton Buzzard, into an academy.
But despite plans to convert in August last year, parents at the school have been told the change will not now happen until at least the second half of the autumn term 2013 and they need to buy the current school uniform for the time being.
On the school website they were told: ‘The school’s conversion date has been put back until the Autumn half term and due to this new and existing pupils will be expected to purchase the current St George’s uniform.
“Even after our conversion to academy there will be a gradual phased in approach to changing any aspect of the current uniform.’
A Barnfield spokesman said: “The newly appointed interim CEO’s of the Barnfield Federation, Stephen Hall and Helen Mayhew are engaging with the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency to undertake a review of the Federation’s operations at Barnfield College and its sponsored Academies.
“The college has significant cash reserves and is financially stable.
“Our students are at the very centre of all we do at Barnfield and our recent restructure was designed to create even better education delivery in the future.”
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