Investigation in to Kings Science Academy, Bradford - Three questioned

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Three people have been interviewed under caution as part of a West Yorkshire Police investigation into a number of matters relating to Kings Science Academy in Bradford.

The three men were interviewed over suspected fraud by false representation offences after being invited to Trafalgar House Police Station on Friday.

They were identified as a result of enquiries conducted by detectives in the West Yorkshire Economic Crime Unit, which included speaking to senior managers at The Department for Education, KIFSA Trust, Education Funding Agency and Kings Science Academy.

The investigation is being led by Detective Superintendent Lisa Griffin who is Head of Crime for the Bradford District.

She said: “I will be considering all the information and potential evidence gleaned so far and over the coming weeks to ensure that the investigation is both thorough and swift.”

An Education Funding Agency (EFA) report revealed allegations of financial irregularities and even possible fraud at Kings Science Academy in October.

As a free school it is state funded but not under local authority control.

Kings Science Academy, which is a co-educational school for 11 to 18-year-olds, opened in September 2011 and was one of England’s first free schools.