Michael Gove: axed Free School with nine staff for 30 pupils was “excellent value”

One of the Tories’ flagship Free Schools is almost certain to go to the walllosing its government funding after being put into special measures following a damning Ofsted report.

Here’s what Michael Gove had to say about the school back in September 2013:

Grahame Morris MP: It has been reported that the Durham free school has nine staff for 30 pupils. Does that, in addition to its unlimited capital, represent good value for the taxpayer or is it an act of political folly?

Michael Gove: I think it represents excellent value, because for far too long, as the hon. Gentleman knows, schools in County Durham, particularly in the east of the county, have not been good enough.

Having since been sacked as education secretary, his successor today claimed the school had no “imminent prospect of improvement”.