Felixstowe Academy has been rated ‘inadequate’ and placed in special measures after an Ofsted inspection. . and comes just weeks after Felixstowe Academy was confirmed as the only secondary school in Suffolk to have fallen below the government’s ‘floor standards’ for academic performance in 2017, when only 48% of GCSE pupils passed both English and Maths.
This follows a report in December 2017 which placed East Suffolk at the bottom of 11 authorities in the east of England. It is also the only county listed failing to meet the national average of 89%
Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal, has put out a statement saying,:
“Thank you to the parents of children at Felixstowe Academy for contacting me with their concerns about the school and Ofsted rating. I share that concern which is why I met the Minister last month and am seeing AET next week. I’m clear that AET have to go. A fresh start is needed.”
However, a spokesman for the Academy Enterprise Trust, which runs 64 mainstream schools across the country, said improvements were being made.
“Although the overall Ofsted judgment is disappointing, the report recognises a number of areas of real progress in the academy: teaching and learning is improving; sixth form provision is good; and under performance is robustly challenged,” he said.
“The academy’s recent mock exams with Year 11s also indicate that we can expect more positive results in both progress and attainment this coming summer.
“Under the leadership of a new chief executive, AET itself has implemented a radical programme to reform and renew the organisation, covering all aspects of how we operate as a trust and providing genuine value to every academy in our network.
“The impact of those changes is beginning to be felt, and we expect to see more evidence of this as the academic year progresses.”
Felixstowe Academy, taken over by AET, opened at its £19m state-of-the-art premises in Easter 2014 following the closure of Deben and Orwell high schools, but at its inspection in 2015 it was rated ‘requires improvement’, although the then Principle Andrew Salter stated that the school was still settling into its new premises and was confident things would improve. Principal Anthony Williams was appointed in 2015.
When the provisional 2017 GCSE results were released last October, Mr Williams said:
“We are disappointed with the headline figures, particularly for the students. However, as part of the academy’s robust improvement plan, issues around curriculum provision and quality of teaching have been addressed and we are confident that progress and achievement is rapidly improving now and will continue to improve.”
The school’s Progress 8 score, another key performance measure, was a ‘well below average’ -0.62 in 2017. This means each student performed just over half a grade worse in each subject on average than expected when they left primary school