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Pupil Exclusions: City Academies

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were excluded from each academy in the last school year; and if he will make a statement. (127272)

The available information is given in the table.

Academies 1: Number and percentage of permanent exclusions 2004/05 Schools in England

2004/05

Establishment name

Local authority name

Number of permanent exclusions

Percentage of school population2

Capital City Academy

Brent

11

1.21

City of London Academy (Southwark)

Southwark

3

0.83

Dixons City Academy

Bradford

3

3

Djanogly City Academy Nottingham

Nottingham

11

0.70

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy

Lewisham

3

3

Northampton Academy

Northamptonshire

9

0.72

Salford City Academy

Salford

6

n/a

Stockley Academy

Hillingdon

4

0.68

The Academy at Peckham

Southwark

10

0.93

The Business Academy Bexley

Bexley

7

0.51

The City Academy Bristol

Bristol City of

4

0.37

The King’s Academy

Middlesbrough

7

0.67

Unity City Academy

Middlesbrough

6

0.53

West London Academy

Ealing

22

1.95

n/a = Not available

1 Academies with one or more permanent exclusions during 2004/05.

2 The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the headcount of pupils in the school as at January 2005.

3 1 or 2 exclusions, or a rate based on 1 or 2 exclusions

Note:

These figures are as reported by schools and are unconfirmed.

Source:

School Census

Exclusions data are collected retrospectively. Information on exclusions during the 2005/06 school year is expected to be published in June 2007.

Exclusions in academies are high relative to national averages. However, academies are placing great emphasis on getting the basics right and improving behaviour in particular. Academies often inherit a large number of disruptive pupils and need to establish good behaviour in order to raise attainment. As the new ethos and behaviour policy are enforced in an academy’s early days, the number of exclusions may rise, but it typically drops down as behaviour improves.

This phenomenon is not unique to academies—the same effect is often observed when a new head teacher transforms a struggling maintained school.