School gets thumbs up from in­spec­tors

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

POYN­TON High School has been given the thumbs up by ed­u­ca­tion watch­dogs af­ter a re­cent in­spec­tion.

The school was rocked in Jan­uary 2014 when Of­sted down­graded it from ‘out­stand­ing’ to ‘needs im­prove­ment’.

In a damn­ing re­port, in­spec­tors called the lead­er­ship and gov­er­nors ‘weak and re­ac­tive’ and ‘dis­tracted by is­sues in the com­mu­nity’.

It prompted the res­ig­na­tion of chair of gov­er­nors Mal­colm Adams and a re­view of the school’s gov­er­nance.

Since then head­teacher David Waugh, who joined the school in Septem­ber 2013, has been praised for his ef­forts to get the school back on track.

In its re­cent mon­i­tor­ing visit, in­spec­tor David Selby found the head­teacher and other se­nior lead­ers “had con­tin­ued their drive to im­prove the school” and that “the al­ready good achieve­ment is in­creas­ing fur­ther”.

Of­sted also found “close part­ner­ships with other pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the lo­cal author­ity’s safe­guard­ing ser­vice, the lo­cal child and ado­les­cent men­tal health ser­vice and the po­lice” which “make an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the safe­guard­ing of stu­dents”.

How­ever the school has been told to take fur­ther ac­tion to: fully im­ple­ment the out­comes of the re­view of safe­guard­ing con­ducted by the lo­cal author­ity of­fi­cers; im­prove the safety and se­cu­rity of ac­cess to the school site; re­view and an­a­lyse com­plaints and con­cerns to build the con­fi­dence of par­ents and the wider com­mu­nity; and keep the web­site up to date.

Mr Waugh said: “Par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing was the recog­ni­tion of our stu­dents be­ing ‘friendly and cour­te­ous’ and ac­knowl­edge­ment of our ro­bust pro­cesses for keep­ing our stu­dents safe and de­vel­op­ing their emo­tional health and well­be­ing.

“We are one of the high­est achiev­ing schools both in Cheshire East and na­tion­ally.”

●● The Scream­ing Beavers are one of the many acts sched­uled to ap­pear at this week­end’s Party in the Park

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