The two most senior figures responsible for education in Peterborough are being told by a parliamentary candidate to consider their positions over poor exam results.
Peterborough Liberal Democrat city councillor Darren Fower was referring to Jonathan Lewis, the council’s assistant director for education and resources, and education cabinet member Cllr John Holdich.
John Holdich is not doing a good job. I think him and the senior officer need to consider their positions.Councillor Darren Fower
Cllr Fower’s comments came after a council report recorded a drop in results for Key Stage 2 (Year 6) pupils and in GCSE results compared to the national average, although A Level results were above the average.
Cllr Fower said: “I recognise there was progress but for a number of years results have been below the national average.
“John Holdich is not doing a good job. I think him and the senior officer need to consider their positions.”
Cllr Holdich said he was not considering his position and that Mr Lewis was one of the most respected officers in the country.
He added: “GCSE results dipped last year due to national changes to how pupils are assessed but previously there was rapid improvement. We have closed the gap in Key Stage 2 results in maths and reading and record numbers achieved high A Level grades.”
Cllr Richard Ferris said: “GCSE and A Level results, while solid, still leave room for further improvement.”
Cllr John Shearman said: “I’m satisfied with the report but we are not getting consistency. Every year there is one set of figures which require improvement.”