Head praises residents after school’s recovery

A HEADTEACHER has praised the Mirfield community for helping pull a school clear of potential trouble.

Castle Hall Academy, rated as ‘requires improvement’ in 2013, is now ‘good’ according to Ofsted.

Inspectors visited at the end of last month and their report was due out this week.

Headteacher Andy Pugh, who was given pre-publication details, said the town had rallied behind them.

He said: “I’m delighted the dedicated efforts of staff, students, governors, parents, carers and the community has been recognised.”

In 2010, residents fought to save the school from a closure which would have switched pupils to Mirfield Free Grammar.

Mr Pugh added: “The inspectors concluded aspirations are high for future performance.

“We intend to use this report as a platform on which we can now look forward to building even greater success in the future.”

Teaching at the school, which became an academy in 2011, was previously too variable.

Strong leadership and governance has driven standards up despite a tough new inspection regime.

The report also praised pupil achievement, attendance, behaviour and the study of foreign languages.

It added that many pupils progress beyond Year 11 into sixth forms or colleges and then to university.

Chairman of governors Chris Sutcliffe added: “The whole school community has worked so hard to achieve this well-deserved result.

“We now need to cement this judgement by moving towards becoming an outstanding school.”

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