Trouble-shooter takes on crisis school

A TOP Mirfield teacher has been seconded to help a struggling high school.

Maggie Dunn, of Mirfield Free Grammar (MFG), is now acting head at Colne Valley Specialist Arts College.

MFG is to act as a mentor to the Huddersfield school, which is in special measures after a damning Ofsted report. Lorraine Barker, MFG’s principal, will also carry out a strategic review of the college following intervention by Kirklees Council.

MFG, which is an academy run outside council control, was rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2008 and 2011. It is also a national support school, meaning it can be hired by an education authority to help failing schools.

Colne's Valley’s former head, Carol Gormley, quit earlier this month when a council hit squad was sent in following Ofsted’s verdict.

She made national headlines last year by giving several hundred children hour-long detentions for forgetting pens and rulers.

Ms Gormley also launched a tough crackdown on poor pupil behaviour, which left parents outraged.

Exam results improved but overall progress was such that Ofsted savaged the school.

Colne Valley, an 11 to 16 comprehensive, is the biggest high school in Kirklees, with more than 1,400 pupils.

Ms Dunn, originally from Scotland, has been at MFG for more than a decade and was previously head of music.

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