Academy trust seeks help with struggling schools

The Richmond and Twickenham Times is reporting that the trust in charge of two struggling academies responsible for close to 2,000 pupils has announced it is seeking help from neighbouring schools.

Hampton Academy and Twickenham Academy have been managed by the Learning Schools Trust (LST) for five years, but after achieving poor exam results and scathing Ofsted reports the organisation announced yesterday it is seeking “alternative governance arrangements”.

LST has approached Teddington School and Waldegrave School in the hope of setting up a multi-academy trust.

A teacher at one of the academies, who did not want to be named, said staff were informed LST were looking to step away from the schools at a meeting earlier this week…

Pupils at Hampton Academy, which was given “requires improvement” in every category following an Ofsted inspection in June, attained just 46 per cent A* to C grades at GCSE in 2014…

A total of 52 per cent of Twickenham Academy’s GCSE results were A* to C in 2014, which was in the bottom 40 per cent of a pool of similar schools, according to Ofsted.

A statement from Richmond council said governors at Teddington and Waldegrave Schools have agreed to carry out a review of the academies and will then decide whether a joint approach would benefit students.

Richmond Council’s cabinet member for schools, Paul Hodgins, said: “Sharing best practice and co-operation across all our schools is a positive step forward.

“We have been working with LST for some time and I appreciate their positive approach to working with two of the highest performing schools in the borough.

“I am a firm believer in local co-operation between all our schools – working together to share best practice for the good of all children and young people…”

More at: Struggling Hampton and Twickenham Academies seek help from flourishing Teddington and Waldegrave schools

 

See more on the LST website at: Joint Statement on Governance review at Hampton & Twickenham Academies

 

So all the schools here already have academy status, but the suggestion is that LST might be looking to offload Hampton and Twickenham Academies and have them set up an MAT with Teddington and Waldegrave. Is that right?

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Comments

  1. RedHen90

    SchoolsImprove this will be a growing picture as academisation hasn’t improved standards- it was never meant to #academisationisntworking

  2. The Learning Schools Trust is the charitable arm of the Swedish for-profit education provider Kunskapskolan.  Kunskapskolan’s learning materials are used in its academies.  LST had a third academy, Ipswich Academy, twice judged Inadequate.  According to Ofsted monitoring, Ipswich Academy was handed to the Paradigm Trust in September 2015.
    When for-profit firms get involved in education, it’s not altruism, it’s an investment.  And when the investment proves unprofitable the schools are dumped.

  3. RedHen90 SchoolsImprove See Henry Stewart’s latest piece for the Local Schools Network which shows non-academies in similar circumstances doing as well as, if not better, than sponsored academies.  http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2015/11/the-minister-misleading-claims-and-the-unfortunate-truth-non-academies-improve-faster-than-similar-academies/
    But the Government will continue to deny it and promote academization particularly with a sponsor as a magic bullet.

  4. Following my comment above, the Paradigm Trust has had no experience of secondary education.  It had just three primary schools in London.  It’s unclear why Ipswich Academy, a secondary school, has been given to a small multi-academy trust with no relevant experience and which is 77 miles away.

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