Downham Market Academy is being taken over by Cambridgeshire Educational Trust

PUBLISHED: 08:37 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:37 11 July 2017

Downham Market Academy. Picture: Ian Burt

Downham Market Academy. Picture: Ian Burt

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The new trust which will oversee a failing academy has been revealed today.

Downham Market Academy has been put in special measures after being branded “inadequate” by Ofsted.

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South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss called for fresh leadership at the school, which was formerly part of a trust run by the College of West Anglia.

Today the Cambridgeshire Educational Trust confirmed it was taking over. It said a “turnaround plan” had been put in place, focussing on the quality of teaching and recruitment.

This work has started with the appointment of Rolf Purvis, as Head at the school.

Plans are in place for a five day, fresh start training programme in September to launch the new approach at the academy.

Cambridgeshire Educational Trust’s chief executive officer Lucy Scott said: “Downham Market’s community deserves a great school and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to achieve this.”

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Elizabeth Truss MP said: “I have been pressing the regional schools commissioner in a series of meetings for action on Downham Market Academy to make sure students are getting a good education.

“Today’s announcement that Downham Market Academy is to become part of the Cambridgeshire Educational Trust is a positive step in the right direction . The Trust has a track record of excellent results.”
Ms Truss is due to meet parents on Friday. Mum Frances Rayner said: “I want reassurance that she is now going to work hard to ensure improvement through monitoring the incoming new trust. I also want to know about how she intends to secure capital funding to upgrade the buildings as they are in a terrible state of repair.

“My children tell me how they sit in coats in the winter because of how cold some of the classrooms are. I was a pupil at Downham Market High School and when I step into the school it is like going back in time.”

Cambridgeshire Educational Trust’s founding school is Chesterton Community College which is in the top 5pc of schools in the country for achievement. In March this year Chesterton Community College was one of only 138 in the country to receive a letter from schools minister Nick Gibb congratulating it on students’ progress.

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