‘Rapid improvements are a result of robust actions’ says CEO of Grantham academies trust

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An academies trust in Grantham told by the Department for Education that it is under-performing says work to improve has been ongoing for some time.

As reported in the Journal last week, the West Grantham Academies Trust is one of seven across the country to be told it must do better in a pre-warning letter sent by the DfE.

However, trust CEO Trudy Brothwell told the Journal that issues identified at one of its schools, Spitalgate Primary School, were addressed seven months prior to the letter landing on the doormat.

She added: “As a consequence of the robust actions put in place, there has been a rapid improvement in the named academy.”

The issues have been discussed with the Open Academies Performance Division since April 2012.

Mrs Brothwell said: “The trust acknowledges the strong support provided by the OAPD as it monitors progress as well as the faith they have in the ability of the trust to effect the required improvements.

“The current action plans having been agreed, all concerned believe that the WGA Trust will continue to improve standards in the newly configured academy structure to ensure they meet the good quality educational provision offered in the ‘lead’ academy.”

The pre-warning letter precedes a warning notice. If improvement does not follow, further action could be taken.

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