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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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West Cumbrian school making good progress, says Ofsted

A radical culture change is kicking in to pull a troubled school out of the doldrums.

Inspectors today confirmed that failing Southfield Technology College in Workington is on the road to recovery.

They hailed a new sense of direction that is starting to emerge at the Moorclose secondary after a visit to ensure the school is making urgently-needed progress to lift it out of special measures.

HM Inspector Jean Olsson-Law said: “New leaders have achieved a lot in three months.”

A block on employing newly-qualified teachers has been lifted as inspectors said Southfield was making “reasonable progress”.

Interim headteacher Sandy Todd is delighted with the findings and said of the inspectors: “They saw the significant progress that has been made in achieving our vision for every student and member of staff working hard to be the best that we can be.

"The main priority over the term has been to make sure pupils in year 11 and year 13 are well prepared for their GCSE and A-level exams.”

Stainburn School, also in special measures, was revisited by Ofsted recently. Inspectors witnessed similar improvements.

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