MP to meet with Government minister over “desperate” financial state of school

Sawtry Village Academy.

Sawtry Village Academy. Picture: GOOGLE. - Credit: Archant

The “desperate” financial state of Sawtry Village Academy - where the former head was jailed for fraud - is to be discussed by School Standards Minister Nick Gibb in a meeting with North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara and school representatives.

Mr Vara said the school was in desperate need of funding to replace “dangerous” school buildings.

Earlier this year former head James Stewart was jailed for four years on fraud and misconduct in public office charges after fiddling more than £100,000 of school funds.

Huntingdon Crown Court heard that Stewart had lavished funds on himself, including creating a “sex dungeon” in his office, while school buildings were neglected.

Alan Stevens, the school’s former vice principal, was also charged and pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by abuse of position in relation to expenses claims.

Mr Vara said: “Sawtry Village Academy is in desperate need of additional funds because of its ageing and dangerous school buildings which have now exceeded their usable lives.

“It is important that the academy is able to put forward its case at ministerial level and I am very pleased that the Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb has agreed to meet with me and representatives from the academy to discuss the way forward.”