Police in Hertfordshire have announced they will pursue no criminal investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement at the Barnfield Federation.

Reports by both the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Education Funding Agency (EFA) into the organisation were passed to officers last week.

But a Herts police spokesperson said today: “Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit have reviewed all of the material referred to them and can confirm that the information does not warrant any criminal investigation. The matter has been referred back to the education authorities.”

The reports were handed over amid claims that the Federation, which runs Luton-based Barnfield College, received around £1m in funding for learners it had no record of teaching.

Now that the matter is out of police hands, reports from both agencies are expected to be released, but neither have said when this will happen or commented further at this stage.

A Barnfield spokesperson said the federation would not comment until the reports are released.

*Within hours of the police announcement, the SFA and EFA both published their reports.