Failing Peterborough academy warned progress ‘not fast enough’ - Ofsted

The Voyager Academy in Walton, Peterborough. Photo: Paul Franks
The Voyager Academy in Walton, Peterborough. Photo: Paul Franks
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A leading academy in Peterborough has been warned by Government inspectors that it is not making enough progress to reach required standards.

The 1,383 student Voyager Academy was placed in special measures in February 2014 after which its then principal Dr Yvonne Birch resigned and was replaced with current boss Stephen Munday.

But following a two day monitoring inspection last month, Ofsted has warned that the academy, run by the Comberton Academy Trust, is not making enough progress towards the removal of special measures.

It says action is needed to improve GCSE achievements, improve teaching, behaviour and management.

The report prompted Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson to say: “The school needs a new dedicated academy sponsor and a new full time principal to try to get it back on track.

“It will be a difficult process but I see no real alternative to years of under achievement. The results are still very poor and progress is too slow.”

Mr Munday is the executive principal of the academy and also the trust’s chief executive overseeing the running of five institutions.

An academy spokesman said “Mr Munday spends the vast majority of his time here. He is often here all week but some weeks it may be three days.

“The academy has recently appointed associate principal David Rahman as the additional senior leader to ensures the academy has the full support it needs every day of the week.

Mr Munday said: “The recent monitoring inspection confirms that improvements have been secured by the new leadership team, most notably in stabilising the academy by managing students’ behaviour more effectively.

“While this recognises progress has been made, we agree that the further improvements to teaching and achievement now need accelerating to ensure the academy can be removed from special measures.

“The report also recognises decisive action has been taken to tackle some ineffective teaching.”

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