The BBC is reporting that Peterborough’s MP has said a school in the city that had “catastrophically bad” GCSE results should have its academy sponsor removed.
Only 19% of pupils at The Voyager Academy in Walton achieved five A*-C grades including Maths and English, against a national average of 55%.
MP Stewart Jackson said he will write to the secretary of state asking that Comberton Academy Trust is replaced.
Trust chief executive Stephen Munday said the results were “disappointing”.
But he said his new and experienced leadership team was well-placed to oversee improvements.
The Comberton Academy Trust took over the running of the academy, which is a secondary school and sixth form for more than 1,300 pupils, in 2011, after it originally opened in 2007…
The trust also runs the highly-rated Comberton Village College, Cambourne Village College and Melbourn Village College, but it has not seen the same success at The Voyager, with Ofsted placing it into special measures in February 2014.
In the past few years about 40% of pupils at The Voyager achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE level and this year’s target was 42%, but it achieved just 19%.
Stewart Jackson, Conservative representative, said the results were “catastrophically bad”, adding: “Comberton are good at running rural schools in well-to-do areas, but I don’t think they’ve got the experience and the knowledge and skills to run a more challenging school like Voyager in an urban area in somewhere like Peterborough…”
Does this potentially raise an issue about the suitability of academy sponsors for different types of schools, or does this school just need more time to let the new leadership team do its stuff?
Please give us your insights or feedback in the comments or via Twitter…
Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin every morning (around 7 am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link