A MIRFIELD Free Grammar teacher has had an instant impact on a failing Huddersfield school, an Ofsted report shows.
Maggie Dunn, now acting head at Colne Valley High, was praised in a follow-up inspection on the Linthwaite secondary last week.
She took over after Colne Valleyâ€™s head, Carole Gormley, quit when the 11 to 16 comprehensive was put into special measures in February.
MFG principal Lorraine Barker, an accredited National Leader of Education, has also worked on a plan for turning Colne Valley around.
There has already been extra training for staff, specialist support for maths and science teachers and a parentsâ€™ forum created.
MFG is also likely to effectively take over Colne Valley by becoming its sponsor as a proposed academy.
The strategy was given the thumbs-up when a government inspector made a follow-up visit last month.
An Ofsted report said: â€œAlthough at an early stage of development, high-level strategic plans for this partnership are suitably targeted and proposed developments have the potential to drive the improvements required rapidly.
â€œThe emphasis on systemic improvements at all levels, clarity of expectations and accountabilities, alongside innovative approaches to improving learning, are promising.â€
NUT Kirklees branch joint general secretary Howard Roberts also praised Ms Dunn and Mrs Barker after talks about Colne Valleyâ€™s future.
He said of them: â€œWeâ€™ve had serious and meaningful discussions and have been very impressed. Weâ€™re working with them as closely as possible.
â€œThey clearly have a sense of direction and are measured and thoughtful, which is what Colne Valley desperately needs.â€