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School Shows Promising Signs After Damning Report

Tuesday October 15 2013


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A SCHOOL has shown promising signs since being placed into special measures by Ofsted.

'Serious weaknesses' were found at Dearne ALC in June 2013 but a recent visit by inspectors has shown the school's improvement plan is on its way to recifying the problem.

Meetings with Mrs Chris Robinson, who is the school's principal, the school's senior leaders and a telephone call with the local council were evaluated by inspectors and a better outlook was reported.

The report said: "A high number of staff left at the end of term. Eight new teachers started in September 2013 including a new vice principal.

"There is a clear vision from the principal which has been accepted enthusiastically by senior leaders, staff and governors.

"The school's improvement plan is extensive, providing a comprehensive overview of the actions to be taken linked to milestones. There are plans to improve links with the community and specifically with families of children in the school.

"The school is clear that the next steps are to improve the quality of day-to-day teaching and raise the attainment and achievement of the students."

It also stated that the governors are committed to the school and have created a strategy to monitor the improvements. Students, the report said, have also embraced the changes and are aware of the new expectations, stating the school feels 'calm and well ordered'.

"The number of incidents of disruptive behaviour has decreased significantly and there are early signs that attendance is increasing," the report concluded.

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