VoyAgEr’s low rE­sults

Peterborough’s over­all mark equals na­tional stan­dard

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter@PTstephenB

Only one sec­ondary school in Peterborough is un­der per­form­ing, ac­cord­ing to new gov­ern­ment fig­ures. Theoneschool- Voy­agerA­cademy - is the only one of 11 in the city fall­ing be­low a new Gov­ern­ment floor tar­get that mea­sure­spupils’pro­gres­sand achieve­ment over eight GCSE sub­jects.

For the first time this year, schools have not been judged on the pro­por­tion of pupils scor­ing at least five C grades at GCSE, in­clud­ing in English and maths.

In­stead, min­is­ters have in­tro­duced a new head­line mea­sure called “Progress 8”. This looks at the progress a pupil makes from the end of pri­mary school to the end of sec­ondary school.

A school is be­low the gov­ern­ment stan­dard if it scores be­low -0.5. TheVoy­ager Academy scored -0.90 in the new mea­sure.

The Voyager Academy has been taken over by the Thomas Dea­con Academy Ed­u­ca­tion Trust this month, in a bid to trans­form the fortunes of theschool. TheVoy­ager­trans­ferred from its orig­i­nal spon- sors, TheCamA­cade­myTrust, to Thomas Dea­con Academy Ed­u­ca­tion Trust in Jan­uary.

Scott Hud­son, prin­ci­pal at The Voyager said: “Whilst it is fair to say that we were very dis­ap­pointed at the over­all re­sults, we would also ar­gue that they don’t truly re­flect the im­prove­ments that have been made in re­cent months as recog­nised by Of­sted and par­tic­u­larly since we started work­ing­with­ThomasDea­con Academy. How­ever, we know that these im­prove­ments will take time to im­pact fully on stu­dent out­comes.

“TheVoy­agerA­cade­my­has a unique con­text in the city. Many stu­dents join us with re­sults sig­nif­i­cantly be­low av­er­age and large num­bers of stu­dentshavelit­tle­ornofunc­tional English when they join us as their first school in the UK, of­ten part way through sec­ondary school.”

How­ever, while there was dis­ap­point­ment for The Voyager, there were­some­big­suc­cess sto­ries in the city, with The Kings School scor­ing 0.55, Jack Hunt School scor­ing 0.33 and St John Fisher scor­ing 0.46.

Peterborough’s over­all av­er­age score across the 11 schools of -0.03 was the sec­ond low­est score is the same as the na­tional state funded av­er­age.

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