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Will Harris Federation take over Durand Academy?

Will Harris Federation take over Durand Academy?

Department urges controversial academy to work with preferred sponsor to ensure a smooth handover in June 2018

One of England’s most controversial schools is set to be taken over by one of the country’s most highly-praised academy trusts, Tes can reveal.

The Department for Education wants the Harris Federation to take over Durand Academy in south London, when the funding agreement of Durand Academy Trust is terminated in June 2018.

Durand has been the subject of intense scrutiny over its complex governance arrangements – and revelations that then-headteacher Sir Greg Martin earned almost £400,000 in a year, including £161,000 from a private leisure centre operating on the school’s site.

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