Today, Stewart Jackson, MP for Peterborough, has written to the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, to again raise his ongoing concerns regarding the Voyager Academy in Walton.
The GCSE results published at the end of August for the Voyager Academy were some of the worst seen in Peterborough ever, with an attainment of just 19% 5 A*-C GCSE, including English and maths, against a national average of 55%. This year’s figures also represent a drop of 21% from last year’s attainment of 40%.
Mr Jackson said:
The results are catastrophic. Comberton Academies Trust has reached the end of the line. 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.
I felt it necessary to express to the Secretary of State my deepest concerns regarding the academy sponsors Comberton Academies Trust and their management of the Voyager Academy in Walton, Peterborough, in my constituency. I respectfully asked that she would invoke her current legal powers to remove Comberton Academies Trust as the academy sponsors and invite another sponsor to assume responsibility for the school.
Fundamentally, the school is failing across a wide number of parameters but specifically teaching quality, leadership, behaviour and discipline, pupil safety and attendance. I believe that this situation is the worst example of a failing school which I have seen in 10 years as the local Member of Parliament.
Mr Jackson has consistently received complaints from both parents of students and staff over the years which have been mirrored by the findings of Ofsted.