Dorset

Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy school 'drops some GCSEs'

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Image caption An Ofsted inspection at IPACA took place in November

Pupils at a troubled academy school have been told they will have to drop some GCSE subjects midway through their studies, it has been reported.

Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), rated inadequate by Ofsted, told students some subjects, including music, would be dropped from September, the Dorset Echo reports.

One parent said she was "disgusted".

The school's acting principal said "courses do change to reflect demand" but refused to give further details.

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Aspirations Academies Trust, which is already working with the school, will become its main sponsor from September, when it will be renamed Atlantic Academy Portland.

The trust has not yet responded to a BBC request for comment.

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On Twitter Jo King‏ said: "Disgusted how our kids were told as they enter their final GCSE year that they would not be able to teach certain lessons! @ipaca_official"

In a written statement, acting principal Gary Spracklen said: "All subject [sic] are guided in KS4 at IPACA.

"These course [sic] do change to reflect demand, this includes the addition of some new courses."

IPACA, which has 1,112 pupils aged from four to 19, was put into special measures by Ofsted in January with principal Joss Hayes resigning in March.

The chairman and vice-chairman of IPACA board of governors resigned last year, and the school was issued with a government warning over its finances.

Its main sponsor Aldridge Foundation also announced it was pulling out.

Aspirations Academies Trust currently runs 12 academies, three of which are in Dorset - Jewell Academy Bournemouth, Magna Academy Poole and Ocean Academy Poole.

At a parents' forum meeting on Thursday, parents and carers of children attending IPACA were invited to visit the Jewell and Magna schools.

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