A READING school which describes itself as providing a "Christ-centred, Bible-based education" is at risk of being closed by the government.

The Vine Christian School, a private, creationist school based on Basingstoke Road, has not made changes despite being allowed time to improve, according the the Department for Education (DfE).

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Following an Ofsted visit, officials recently told the school it needs to improve its safeguarding of children.

All independent schools must meet the Independent School Standards or face action and ultimately closure.

A DfE spokesperson said: "The safety and education of our children and young people is paramount, regardless of the setting in which they are being taught.

"The Vine Christian school in Berkshire has failed to meet the independent school standards – and despite giving them time to improve they have not been able to do so.

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"We are now discussing next steps, including deregistration.

"We will continue to work with the school, parents and families to ensure all children have access to an appropriate education."

According to the website, students aged between three - 18 attend the school.

The school has been approached for a comment.