Peterborough academy disputes figures after MP calls for change following exam figures leaked

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Concerns have been voiced after figures relating to GCSE performance at a leading Peterborough academy were leaked to the media.

Documents sent to the Peterborough Telegraph state the 1,300-student Voyager Academy is “working at unusually low of six per cent of students attaining the standard five A* to C grade, including English and maths”.

It adds this would be 20 per cent lower than this time last year and is “very worrying” and “requires significant work”.

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said: “The Voyager is at a crisis point. I’m really not convinced that Comberton Academy Trust has made the impact which was promised.

“Leadership, discipline and educational standards are seemingly going backwards, which is a disaster for pupils and their parents and the city’s reputation in the secondary school sector.

He added: “OFSTED and/or ministers must step in and give control to a new sponsor.”

Labour Councillor Lisa Forbes said: “I have some serious concerns about the progress update for the Voyager Academy and feel the head teacher and the academy have some serious questions to answer about why performance has slipped so much in the past year.”

But principal Stephen Munday said: “The figures in the leaked document are not the academy’s predicted grades for the summer. The Voyager is improving – something that has been recognised by Ofsted in recent monitoring inspections which confirmed the academy is making reasonable progress to move out of special measures.

“The document presented unofficial measurements of the performance students are currently ‘working at’ at the end of Year 10 – half-way through a two year course.

“This figure will rise significantly over the next academic year as students complete the final year of their GCSE courses.’’

Mr Munday took over at Voyager, in Walton, in February last year, after the sudden resignation of former principal Dr Yvonne Birch after a snap Ofsted inspection rated the academy as inadequate.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “We are working closely with Comberton Academy Trust, which runs Voyager Academy, and we are satisfied improvement is being made.”