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School shut down

Thursday, 25th October, 2018

By Emily Ferguson

A long running dispute between Eagle Arts and Vocational College and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) came to an end on Tuesday when NESA issued a statement announcing the closure of the alternative high school.

The Eagle Arts and Vocational College has been facing closure since July last year.

In November last year a delegate of NESA’s School Registration Committee considered a report from an inspector and the college’s response to that report. 

The committee claimed the school had areas of non-compliance relating to staff, curriculum, premises and buildings, child protection and education and financial reporting.

There were also concerns about compliance relating to facilities, student welfare, attendance and proper governance.

On the basis of the information the Committee recommended to the Minister for Education that the Eagle Arts and Vocational College registration for years 9 to 11 be cancelled and the application for renewal of registration for years 8 and 12 be refused.

On February 5, this year the college filled complaints about NESA to the President of the Anti-Discrimination Board, complaining that NESA discriminated against the school on the grounds of race and disability.

NESA then applied to the Tribunal for the complaints to be dismissed without a hearing, on April 3 2018 NESA affirmed its recommendations to the Minister for Education.

NESA’s Director of Communications, Media and Events Michael Charlton released a statement this week.

“Following the confirmation of an investigation that found non-compliance in relation to staff, curriculum, premises and child protection, Eagle Arts and Vocational College is no longer a registered school in NSW,” he said.

Non-government schools must be registered before they can operate and prove education to children.

“The areas of non-compliance are critical areas of operation and cause concern for the safety, welfare and education of children at the school,” he said.

“The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) affirmed the NESA’s decision to recommend that the school’s registration be cancelled and not renewed.

“The school will now close.”

Principal of the Eagle Arts and Vocational College Gabrielle McIntosh was contacted for comment.

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