VoyAgEr’s low rEsults
Peterborough’s overall mark equals national standard
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.