Education Secretary closing a Christian school in Durham


Nicky Morgan visiting a school in London with David Cameron | photo: Press Association Images

Nicky Morgan visiting a school in London with David Cameron | photo: Press Association Images

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan confirmed on 27 February that she will close a Christian school in Durham

This was despite hearing numerous petitions from parents, pupils and teachers.

John Denning, the Chair of Governors of The Durham Free School (TDFS), received a letter from the Department for Education stating: ‘The Secretary of State has considered your representations. She has also taken into account representations made in letters and emails from parents and pupils of TDFS and others. Having considered all these representations carefully, the Secretary of State remains satisfied that it is appropriate to terminate the Funding Agreement.’

Wrong conclusion

However, what has not been covered in the media reporting of the story is the detail surrounding the OFSTED report. While Christian groups’ reporting has avoided a detailed analysis of the report which paints a picture of a school in dire straits, mainstream media have focused on the ‘Christian’ elements of the school, almost at times aligning it with the ‘Trojan Horse’ schools in Birmingham.

However, even a brief look at John Denning’s detailed comments on the OFST-ED report on TDFS website*, leaves one with the view that… (click here to read more)

Ruth Woodcraft

This article was first published in the April issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, artciles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.