Managers at a controversial free school in Norwich were coming under fire today after some parents questioned the validity of a curriculum that appears to consist entirely of “sewing”.
Like many similar institutions in the area, St Adidas was sanctioned by former Education Secretary Michael Gove and founded by an anonymous Taiwanese donor and two users from Mumsnet.
Set up in 2014, the school claims to offer specialist provision for:
children with ADD, ADHD, OCD, under achieving children, over achieving children ‘gifted and talented’ children, ‘ungifted and talent-less children’ and anyone with an interest in light industry
And today the St Adidas School’s website boasts of providing
. . . outstanding opportunities for hard working children who want to develop their fine motor skills and powers of concentration
Initial take up of places was high, as parents flocked to take advantage of “wrap around care” with a school day that starts at 5 a.m. in the morning and finishes at 9:00 p.m. at night.
And sleepovers for under-performing children also proved popular with hard working Mums and Dads.
But a number of parents have taken to social media recently to question the school’s policy of focusing almost entirely on stitching leather.
A spokesperson for St Adidas was unavailable for comment this afternoon, however Mike Armitage for Norfolk Schools told The Lentil
Free schools are by their very nature ‘free’ of Local Education Authority Control . . .
. . . we are powerless to intervene, as indeed we were powerless to intervene at the new school in Thorpe Hamlet, St Primark’s
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