29 MAR 2018

An Update on Felixstowe Academy

Therese's petition about Felixstowe Academy and Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), which has been supported by more than2,400 parents and residents of Suffolk Coastal, will be presented to the House of Commons after the Easter recess.

Therese has also met the National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, who has informed her that he has written a Pre-termination Warning letter to AET. This is the first stage of the process that can lead to securing a new organisation to run the school. She understands that AET have produced an Improvement Plan for the school and a headteacher from another school has been seconded to give extra support at leadership level.

Therese said: "After Easter, I will be meeting the Education Minister to go through the situation in detail. Unfortunately, the meeting had to be rescheduled till then, but it should mean more information is available to help make progress. I will also meet AET and the National Schools Commissioner to focus on rapid improvement in the short term."

Therese added: "I continue to remain concerned about AET's ability to help the school tackle all of the problems identified, which is why I will keep pressing for AET to go. The pace of change must be increased in order to help the young people of Felixstowe Academy fulfill their potential. Ensuring that students who are due to sit their GCSE exams shortly are fully prepared must remain a priority. That said, it will take some time to sort out a new academy sponsor."

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