Academy is ‘failing pupils’

The Voyager Academy in Walton, Peterborough. Photo: Paul Franks
The Voyager Academy in Walton, Peterborough. Photo: Paul Franks
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Urgent action needs to be taken at Voyager Academy following ‘catastrophic’ GCSE results which saw less than one in five pupils get the benchmark scores.

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said he was writing to Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan MP to try and remove Comberton Academy Trust as the sponsor of the school.

His call for action comes after just 19 per cent of pupils at the Walton school achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths.

Mr Jackson said: “The results are catastrophic. Comberton Academy Trust has reached the end of the line.

“I will be asking Nicky Morgan to remove them as a sponsor. The children are being failed at the school.

“When you consider the amount of money spent on the fabric of the school, there has been plenty of time to turn it around.

“The results are now so low they are affecting the whole of the Local Education Authority.

“It is going to take a number of years to turn around - it’s a shame we are now another year down the road and things are getting worse, not better.”

Cllr John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills, and University, and Communications, agreed and said: “The council has been concerned about Voyager for years now. We called in Ofsted there, and it was found to be wanting. It has not improved. It is time for a change of sponsor. To be fair the Comberton Trust do not have experience running an inner city school, but there needs to be changes.”

Scott Hudson, Principal of The Voyager Academy 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.”