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Alleyne’s on the mend as Uttoxeter school system changes loom

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THE head teacher of Uttoxeter’s biggest school has vowed to turn it around after education chiefs discussed the abolition of the town’s three-tiered system.

Last week Ben Adams, education boss at Staffordshire County Council, said a review would be launched that could see Uttoxeter employ a two-tiered system.

He could not rule out school mergers or closures as part of the review.

His comments came after five Uttoxeter schools were told they required improvement by Ofsted.

Now Julie Rudge, newly-installed head teacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, has highlighted a positive recent Ofsted monitoring report.

She said: “Uttoxeter head teachers were provided with a briefing earlier this week regarding information that school structures were going to be looked at.

“However, there has been no meeting with myself and the county councillors regarding the review and the information did not contain any plans or proposals.

“As a new headteacher, only in post for four weeks, I will not be distracted from our core role to improve education to ensure best possible opportunities for children in Uttoxeter.

“The school has now received our monitoring inspection outcome ,which recognised that we’retaking effective steps since the report.

“They also commented on how swiftly the school has reacted to the outcomes of the inspection. The full letter will be available on the Ofsted website on the June 3.

“Teaching and support staff are working tirelessly so that Thomas Alleyne’s will return quickly to being judged as a good or outstanding school which everyone in Uttoxeter can be proud of.

“Our commitment to our students remains uppermost in our minds as today Year 13 celebrate their time at Thomas Alleyne’s before starting their vital A level exams.

“Year 11 students are in the middle of their GCSEs and will be attending revision classes during the holiday. We wish all our students every success at this important time.”

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