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“Failing school” is celebrating its best inspection results

By Jo Deeks on Thursday, 17th January 2002.

A school put on special measures is celebrating its best inspection results to date.

Castle Hill Middle School in Haverhill has been in special measures for two and a half years, and had hoped hey would be lifted following the inspection last November.

New Headteacher Sally Holmes took over last September and West Suffolk education officer Tom Scherb has said he was “very optimistic” about getting special measures lifted by the autumn.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said staff had been working very hard to raise standards and the latest inspection had found “good behaviour in the classrooms, rising standards and quality teaching.”

Overall the school’s progress was described as “good” compared to “reasonable” and “limited” in previous inspections.

Mrs Holmes said she was hopeful the school would be off special measures after the next inspection later this term. She was very happy with the positive comments made by inspectors.

Castle Hill went into special measures after recording poor SAT (Standard Assessment Test) results. Although English and science results had improved, maths figures have continued to be low.

Haverhill Weekly News

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