Colne Valley High School is right on track to make a full comeback after its Ofsted failure.

Since the school failed its Ofsted after an inspection in December 2012 and went into special measures a couple of months later it has undergone several Ofsted revisits and inspections since then.

The school has now undergone some major changes and is taking on several new teachers.

The fifth and possibly final monitoring visit by Ofsted to Colne Valley High School has had a positive outcome.

Inspectors noted a range of improvements across the board and gave the go-ahead for the school to take on 15 new teachers over a four-month period, including a new headteacher Christian Wilcocks who will start in September, following the recent departure of popular acting headteacher Maggie Dunn.

Colne Valley High School, Acting Head Teacher Maggie Dunn
Colne Valley High School, Acting Head Teacher Maggie Dunn
 

Inspectors praised Ms Dunn for ensuring there was an intensive focus on improving the achievement of Year 11 students.

They also said that a technical hitch over land at the rear of the school had delayed the high school’s anticipated conversion to an academy.

The report stated:

An above average proportion of students is expected to gain five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics. This is in line with the school’s target and, if realised, an improvement on performance in 2013.

The proportion of students making the expected rate of progress in English is likely to be above average.

In mathematics, the percentage of students making both expected and more than expected progress is likely to be in line with the national averages.

The more coherent approach to supporting students with additional needs, noted at the previous monitoring inspection, is continuing to develop.

The acting headteacher has established a range of systems aimed at improving achievement. The benefits are emerging.

The report also discussed 29 persistently absent Year 11 students whose attendance is anything from as low as 9% to 84%.

This, said the inspectors, is having a negative impact on their achievement and that of their year group, adding: “The school is working hard to ensure that these students have employment, training or a college place post-16, but at present destinations are uncertain for nine of this group.”

In a letter to parents Mr Wilcocks said: “The school has started an exciting journey towards becoming a centre for outstanding learning. I expect the highest of standards with regard to uniform and behaviour. My reasons for this are clear – if I demand the very best from the teachers and staff at Colne Valley High School then I need to ensure that poor behaviour in classrooms or around the building does not present a barrier to their efforts to teach.”

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