Interim principal to stay on at troubled Winterbourne academy for next year

July 04 2017

Interim principal to stay on at troubled Winterbourne academy for next year

THE interim principal at Winterbourne International Academy will remain in post for the next academic year as it works to get out of special measures.
Peter Smart was seconded from the Castle School in Thornbury, where he is headteacher,  to the troubled academy earlier this year.
As the result of a request from Winterbourne (WIA), that arrangement has now been extended to cover the 2017-18 academic year.
The Castle School Education Trust (CSET) is jointly providing interim leadership with the locally-based Olympus Academy Trust at WIA to help get it back on track, with Dave Baker as interim chief executive.
The consortium had already proposed taking over sponsorship of the school and hopes that will eventually happen.
But it is currently working to lift the academy out of the “inadequate” rating it was given by Ofsted and which put the school into special measures.
That assessment was made after the school was informed two years ago that it required improvement.
Meanwhile, WIA continues to be the responsibility of trustees of the Ridings’ Federation of Academies as they oversee the plan of action to improve.
But schools minister Lord Nash said consideration could then be given to transferring the academy to another trust.
Problems affecting the federation - including a cash crisis and the departure of two chief executive principals over a short period, as well as poor Ofsted ratings - have led to Yate International Academy splitting away from the organisation after nearly a decade.
It is being taken over by the Greenshaw Learning Trust in September, after which it will be known as just Yate Academy.
The primary and nursery phases incorporated within the “all-through” educational establishment will be called Woodlands Primary and Woodlands Nursery.