Lead­er­ship switch for city school

Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son ‘cau­tiously wel­comes’ the the school’s for­tunes around. By Stephen Briggs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

A new trust has taken over the run­ning of trou­bled Peter bor­ough school The Voy­ager Academy. MP Ste­wart Jack­son said the change rep­re­sented a “lastchance’’ fortheschool.

Anew trust has taken over the run­ning of one of the most t r ou­bled schools in Peter- bor­ough.

The Voy­ager Academy, which has been run by the Cam Academy Trust( for­merly known as Comb er ton Academy Trust ), will now­berunby the Thomas Dea­con Academy Ed­u­ca­tion Trust.

The Voy­ager opened in Moun­steven Av­enue in 2007, and had been placed in spe­cial mea­sures by Of­sted in 2014 fol­low­ing poor exam re­sults.

The school was taken out of spe­cial mea­sures last year, and is now graded as‘ re­quires im­prove­ment.’

How­ever, only 23 per cent of young­sters at The Voy­ager Academy scored A*-C grades in English and maths last year.

Staff and pupils at The Voy­ager have been work­ing in part­ner­ship with Thomas Dea­con Academy this aca­demic year.

Scott Hud­son, Prin­ci­pal of The Voy­ager Academy, said it ‘was in the best in­ter­ests’ of the school to work with the Thomas Dea­con Academy.

He said: “The Voy­ager Academy has made sig­nif­i­cant progress in re­cent months and the lo­cal part­ner­ship model has re­ally demon­strated the ad­van­tages of neigh­bour­ing schools work­ing to­gether, shar­ing re­sources and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We, along with our ex­ist­ing spon­sors – Cam Academy Trust – have been ex­plor­ing a num­ber of op­tions for strength­en­ing this re­la­tion­ship to en­sure con­tin­ued im­prove­ment for our pupils.

“Af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, we have de­cided that it is now in the best long-term in­ter­ests of the Academy to for­malise this work­ing part­ner­ship and trans­fer our spon­sor­ship to the Thomas Dea­con Academy Ed­u­ca­tion Trust (TDAET) from Jan­uary 2017.”

Thomas Dea­con Academy Ed­u­ca­tion Trust was es­tab­lished in Jan­uary 2016 to al­low Thomas Dea­con Academy and its Ju­nior Col­lege to work in a for­mal part­ner­ship with other schools in the Peter­bor­ough area.

The Trust is al­ready work­ing with a num­ber of lo­cal schools in an ad­vi­sory ca­pac­ity in­clud­ing sup­port­ing Glad­stone Pri­mary School’ s in­terim ex­ec­u­tive board while it for­malises its plans to be­come a spon­sored academy.

The pri­mary school is also ex­pected to join the Thomas Dea­con Academy Ed­u­ca­tion Trust from Fe­bru­ary af­ter its gov­ern­ing body was dis­banded fol­low­ing an in­ad­e­quate Of­sted re­port ear­lier this year.

Julie Tay­lor, Chief Ex­ecu- tive of Thomas Dea­con Academy Ed­u­ca­tion Trust, said she hoped the take over of Voy­ager would ben­e­fit pupils at both schools.

She said: “We are de­lighted to ce­ment our re­la­tion­ship with The Voy­ager Academy. We have been very im­pressed by the im­prove­ments that have been made, par­tic­u­larly un­der the lead­er­ship of Scott Hud­son who will con­tinue as Prin­ci­pal. We are very clear that this will be a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial part­ner­ship.

“We can share our ex­pe­ri­ence to sup­port The Voy­ager Academy in its jour­ney to be- com­ing a Good school, but we can also learn from the good prac­tice at The Voy­ager Academy, no­tably the highly suc­cess­ful sixth form.

“The part­ner­ship will help to im­prove out­comes for all pupils.”

As part of the takeover, a con­sul­ta­tion will be held look­ing at re­nam­ing and re­brand­ing the school.

Stephen Mun­day, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Cam Academy Trust, added: “We are pleased to see that the changes we have im­ple­mented and part­ner­ships we have formed have brought about long-term im­prove­ments at The Voy­ager Academy as demon­strated in the last Of­sted mon­i­tor­ing in­spec­tion. The part­ner­ship with Thomas Dea­con Academy has had a pos­i­tive im­pact in a short space of time and for­mal­is­ing this part­ner­ship will help con­tinue to im­prove out­comes for all pupils.”

Par­ents will have the op­por­tu­nity to find out more about the Trust, its am­bi­tions and its val­ues at drop-in ses­sions dur­ing the next few weeks.

Prin­ci­pal at Thomas Dea­con Academy Julie Tay­lor with Scott Hud­son, Prin­ci­pal of Voy­ager Academy

The Voy­ager Academy

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