Merger plans put forward by Harborough’s Robert Smyth and Welland Park academies have been put on hold.
The schools had wanted to establish a multi-academy trust which would have seen the launch of the Market Harborough Academy in September next year.
But in a letter sent to parents last week, headteacher Colin Dean said there were “obstacles” that could not be overcome before that date.
He said the formation of the multi-academy trust would be postponed as a result.
The Mail contacted Robert Smyth to seek clarification of what those obstacles are, but the academy did not reply in time for our deadline.
Plans for the historic merger were first announced in February last year.
They were amended earlier this year when plans for the trust went out to consultation.
It would have allowed the two to essentially merge under the umbrella name of the Market Harborough Academy, while still being regarded – and therefore funded – by the Department for Education as if they were separate academies.
The letter announcing the postponement of the merger plan said: “September 2014 has always been our target date and while we wanted this to happen, we always knew it would be a challenge.
“In that context, both academies decided jointly to postpone the formation of the new trust, since there are some obstacles we cannot resolve before September 2014.”