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Parents get report on school

By Jo Deeks on Thursday, 23rd May 2002.

An inspection report which saw Castle Hill Middle School at Haverhill come out of special measures has been issued to parents.

The report highlights very good progress and hard work by pupils, with favourable comments on the quality of teaching, pupil behaviour and attainment.

The report said: “There was a healthy proportion of good teaching in each key stage. There are distinctly more positive attitudes and good behaviour among the pupils.”

The report added that the 312 pupil school had a higher than average proportion of pupils with special educational needs.

It said standards were beginning to rise, but pupils’ attainment was too low. There was still significant under achievement across the school, including English, mathematics and science.

Key issues needing to be addressed included raising attainment levels of all pupils, more consistently proactive and inclusive leadership for the most vulnerable pupils and strengthening of arrangements to increase attendance, which was below average.

Sally Holmes, head teacher, said the key issues in the report would form the basis of an action plan for the year, designed to continue to move the school forward.

“We have a major building programme that is about to start and these resources, coupled with a full and stable experienced staff will ‘enable us to improve standards and raise the achievement of all pupils in our care,” Mrs Holmes said.

Haverhill Weekly News

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