Stewart Jackson, MP for Peterborough has today met with Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools at the Department for Education to raise his ongoing concerns about the Voyager Academy.
Mr Jackson was joined at the meeting by Peterborough City Council’s Leader, Councillor John Holdich OBE and Interim Assistant Director of Education, Terry Reynolds.
Stewart has been raising serious concerns for some time about the Voyager Academy on behalf of constituents, staff and parents. Mr Jackson has called for the current sponsor, The Comberton Trust, to be replaced.
The school based in Walton had its overall effectiveness rated as inadequate at an inspection on 12 February 2014 by regulators Ofsted, which took them into special measures. As a result, the school has regular monitoring inspections by Ofsted but they continue to make improvements.
Stewart Jackson said:
“The Minister, Nick Gibb, was left in no doubt that the Voyager is in serious trouble and we have reached the end of the road with Comberton Academy as sponsors.
“Both the leader of the council and myself made it clear that things couldn’t continue as they are.
“Department for Education officials have offered the prospect of a potential new sponsor to urgently tackle issues like poor teaching and behaviour, awful exam results, absenteeism and financial viability and these governance options are being positively progressed.
“This really is the last chance for this school.”