New head set to ‘up game’ at Spen school

A SCHOOL in Liversedge told to ‘up its game’ will get a new headteacher after the Easter break.

Russell Ingleby, deputy head at Chickenley Community School, is to take the top job at Hightown First and Nursery.

He will replace acting head Sam Laycock-Smith just weeks after a critical Ofsted report.

Pupils were found to lose interest in lessons and therefore did not do as well as they should in reading, writing and maths.

Some governors were also said to be out of touch with what is going on at the Hightown Road primary.

Inspectors recommended an external review should be done to improve their ability to hold the school to account.

Strengths include the nursery class and Year Six, where teaching and pupil progress is good and sometimes outstanding.

And those eligible for the pupil premium, which is extra support for poorer children, did better.

Parents also like the school and told inspectors their youngsters feel happy, safe and well cared for.

The school has been placed in the same category as it was in June 2012, the name of which has changed from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘requires improvement’.

Mrs Laycock-Smith has been seconded to  Hightown for the last term from Roberttown Junior and Infants.

Last summer pupils achieved its best-ever SAT results, placing it 24th out of 169 schools in Kirklees. Hightown chairman of governors Sarah Liley said problems noted by Ofsted had already been identified.

She added: “Work is underway to ensure teaching, progress and attainment are consistently good throughout the school.

“Everyone is working hard to address the issues.

“Together we will ensure children at Hightown achieve the best results possible.”

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