School ‘ready for lift-off’

A HEADTEACHER has detailed the sweeping changes made at a Dewsbury school that’s on course to be rated as “good”.

Hayley Clacy said “everything needed to be changed” when she took over the former Earlsheaton Technology College in 2012.

It had been judged “inadequate” by Ofsted and soon after became Manor Croft Academy.

Last September the school moved up to “requires improvement” and on Tuesday a new report said it is ready for lift-off.

Ms Clacy highlighted five steps taken from day one in her role as key to the transformation:

• The highest expectations for pupils;

• Improved marking of work;

• Professional development for teachers;

• Tackling poor attendance;

• External support for English and maths.

Ofsted found effective action is being taken to deal with areas identified as needing improvement.

Inspectors wrote a “positive culture change” had taken place across the academy.

Standards in English and maths are rising, teaching generally is better and pupil attendance is improving.

The report said: “There is a sense of urgency to address the areas of concern and they are being prioritised effectively.”

Manor Croft, still classed as “requires improvement”, was found to be taking the steps needed to become “good”.

Ms Clacy said: “This is a huge achievement for our academy and I’m pleased Ofsted has noted positive culture change.

“Parents and pupils have bought into it and now have greater pride in the school.

“Manor Croft certainly has turned a corner on its improvement journey. We’re on the right trajectory towards becoming a good school.”

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