New leader aims to turn academy around

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Managers at a South Yorkshire school branded inadequate by inspectors have moved swiftly to install a new executive principal.

Barnsley Academy at Kendray was found to have serious weaknesses only three years after it was hailed as the most improved school in Yorkshire.

But since then GCSE pass rates have declined to 37 per cent last summer, below minimum Government targets.

Sponsor United Learning has recruited Roger Burman to give the academy extra support.

He will combine the job with his current role as head of Rotherham’s Winterhill School.

A spokesman said: “Our appointment of the executive principal is to provide additional leadership and support to the team at the school.

“It is an operational role which we are confident will help accelerate improvement at the academy.”

Mr Burman has taken on the role with immediate effect and will also work with a new School Improvement Board which will act as a governing body.

Parents have also been asked to play their part in turning the academy round by supporting new policies to improve behaviour and attendance.