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Whistleblower reveals bizarre spending

By Mike Cotton, Town Reporter Thursday 4th September 2014
A WHISTLEBLOWER has revealed a school credit card was used for a series of bizarre purchases - which included hotel accommodation so a student could audition for X-Factor.

Items bought included a reproduction antique brass compass, a new pair of shoes for a member of staff and £225 on a new suit for a less well-paid staff member.

The spending by Barnsley Academy was revealed in a critical report by government body the Education Funding Agency following a two year investigation.

The report said the EFA did not find 'a wide misuse of academy funding', but the investigation did identify small items of expenditure that would be 'considered to have been spent on items 'not as Parliament intended' and recommended a strengthening of internal controls.

A spokesman for school sponsor United Learning said: "We take seriously our accountability for every pound of taxpayer’s money spent in our schools. As our investigation found, everyone in the academy behaved honestly throughout, but the purchasing of several small items was not best practice." 

** The full story, including a list of items purchased, appears in the Barnsley Chronicle dated September 5. **
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Posted by Cheryl Beevers I Fri 5th Sep 2014 at 10:06am

Absolutely disgusting and unacceptable , people responsible should be named and shamed !

Posted by john I Fri 5th Sep 2014 at 11:07am

good on them cherlyl until you know what happened an idea hand over gob

Posted by mum I Fri 5th Sep 2014 at 4:19pm

now i know why they dont have money to spend on extra education needs for children that need extra help in school. but have money to squander on unauthorised goods.