Young peo­ple at acad­emy are fall­ing be­hind - MP

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

An­other gen­er­a­tion of pupils at Voy­ager Acad­emy are go­ing to beat a dis­ad­van­tage in fu­ture em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to Peter­bor­ough MP Stew­art Jackson.

Mr Jackson was re­spond­ing to the GCSE re­sults which showed the fig­ure for pupils achiev­ing A*-C in English and maths at the school run by the Comber­ton Acad­emy Trust was 23 per cent.

Although this was an im­prove­ment on 19 per cent last year, the city MP was still unimpressed with the re­sults from one of the city’ s big­gest schools.

He said: “Par­ents will be pleased the re­sults are slightly bet­ter, but to be frank they’re up from a very low base and they’ re still the worst re­sults in the city.

“Re­gret­tably it’s also an­other co­hort of young peo­ple who are go­ing to be at a dis­ad­van­tage in fu­ture in ei­ther em­ploy­ment or ed­u­ca­tion.

“Comber­ton Acad­emy Trust and the Re­gional Schools Com­mis­sioner have both been too com­pla­cent and presided over fail­ure for too long.”

Voy­ager, in Mountsteven Av­enue, Wal­ton, has been work­ing closely with Thomas Dea­con Acad­emy since Fe­bru­ary, when Of­sted changed its rat­ing from ‘in­ad­e­quate’ to ‘requires im­prove­ment’.

Prin­ci­pal of The Voy­ager Scott Hud­son said: “Over the last 12 months we have made real im­prove­ments in the qual­ity of teach­ing through­out the school, and we have seen a clear rise in stan­dards of be­hav­iour.

“That said, we had hoped to see greater aca­demic progress this year and we will con­tinue to work closely with all our part­ners to ac­cel­er­ate this progress and im­prove out­comes for all our young peo­ple.”

Stew­art Jackson MP

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