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…”
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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