Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson asks for government intervention at Voyager Academy during Parliamentary session

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Stewart Jackson has asked the government to intervene at Voyager Academy during a session in Parliament.

The Peterborough MP has previously written to Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan to try and remove Comberton Academy Trust as the sponsor of the school on the back of disappointing GCSE results.

And his renewed call for action comes after just 19 per cent of pupils at the Walton school achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths - results which he previously labelled “catastrophic.”

Speaking in Parliament yesterday (Monday, October 26) Mr Jackson addressed Nick Gibb, the Minister for Schools.

He said: “Poor attendance, as well as extremely poor educational attainment, is a feature of the most recent Ofsted inspection at the Voyager Academy in Walton, Peterborough, which is managed by the Comberton Academy Trust.

“May I encourage the Minister and the Secretary of State to use their powers to intervene on this first wave academy to replace Comberton with a much more suitable academy trust for the benefit of pupils in my constituency and beyond?”

In reply, Mr Gibb said: “We take very seriously the performance of multi-academy trusts and the trustees’ oversight of academies, and the regional school commissioners will be looking at my hon. Friend’s case, as they do all issues of poor performance by academies within multi-academy trusts.”

Speaking in August after Mr Jackson had demanded Comberton’s removal, Scott Hudson, the new principal at Voyager, said: “Our priority right now is to focus on our students and to get ready for the start of term. We are constantly reviewing the way we do things at the Voyager and how we drive up standards.

“That focus hasn’t changed. We are talking to a range of partners, including Peterborough City Council and the Regional Schools Commissioner, about how we can improve performance, and we will continue that dialogue in the coming weeks.”

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