‘Thi­sis­the­lastchanceto turn­thingsaround’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Behind The Headlines -

Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son said he wel­comed ‘a fresh pair of eyes’ at the Voy­ager - but said he did not think Thomas Dea­con Academy was the right group to take it on. Mr Jack­son said the take over was ‘the last chance’ for the school. He said: “Whilst I wel­come a fresh pair of eyes and a new ap­proach to tackle Voy­ager’s prob­lems and in fair­ness, I ac­cept that un­der Scott Hud­son’s lead­er­ship, things are slowly im­prov­ing, I’m still pretty scep­ti­cal that TDA should be ab­sorb­ing Voy­ager into its own Trust. “TDA it­self has ma­jor chal­lenges with at­tain­ment lev­els and I would have pre­ferred and (have) told Min­is­ters that a “clean break” for Voy­ager with an­other academy chain would be my choice, but I will sup­port Mrs Tay­lor’s ef­forts - this re­ally is the last chance for Voy­ager to turn things around, which of course we all want to see.” Mrs Tay­lor said: “Thomas Dea­con Academy has been on a jour­ney of trans­for­ma­tion and im­prove­ment it­self. “As a Trust, we be­lieve that we are well-placed to use our ex­pe­ri­ence across both pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion to sup­port other schools in Peter­bor­ough in their am­bi­tions to im­prove out­comes for pupils. “This will be achieved through work­ing closely with neigh­bour­ing schools to max­imise the op­por­tu­ni­ties for all pupils, all of which will be un­der­pinned by a clear set of shared val­ues – trust, dis­ci­pline and as­pi­ra­tion.” Coun­cil­lor John Holdich, leader of the coun­cil and cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, skills and univer­sity, said he wel­comed the news of the takeover. He said: “Thomas Dea­con Academy Ed­u­ca­tion Trust has al­ready proven to have made sig­nif­i­cant progress at The Voy­ager Academy since a part­ner­ship was first formed in Sum­mer 2016. “The school is on the right path to reach the stage of be­ing rated ‘good’ by Of­sted and I look for­ward to con­tin­ued im­prove­ment un­der this new lead­er­ship.”

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