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Staffordshire education chiefs act on Uttoxeter school failings

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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EDUCATION chiefs are to step in after three of the four major schools in Uttoxeter were judged to 'require improvement' by watchdogs Ofsted.

Staffordshire County Council officials are to take immediate action to help Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Windsor Park Middle School and Oldfields Hall Middle School get their education systems back on track.

Three new management teams are to take control of the schools, who will be backed up with a ‘core team of experts and extra resources to provide practical support to the new head teachers’.

MP for Uttoxeter Andrew Griffiths said: “Ofsted is an important way of monitoring the performance of schools and I know both parents and teachers will be disappointed with the latest sets of results.

“However I know that teachers will be working incredibly hard to address the issues raised.”

A Uttoxeter resident who wished to remain anonymous said: “This is just unbelievable.

“My son has been at Windsor Park for the last three to four years.

“During that time there have been two 'requires improvement' Ofsted reports.

“The only light on the horizon was Thomas Alleyne’s High School and now this.

“Staffordshire Education stinks.”

New leaders appointed have been considered to have proven track records to success.

Julie Rudge to take the helm at Thomas Alleyne’s High School in September, a head teacher who previously had the responsibility for teaching at a high school which received an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgment.

Carl Gliddon, who has decades of experience in the Uttoxeter schooling system is to take on responsibilities at Oldfields Hall Middle School and Windsor Park Middle School recently saw the appointment of new head teacher Phil Slack.

Head teacher Phil Slack said: “There were key points raised in the March 2013 Ofsted inspection,

“Since then leadership, governance and staff alike have worked hard to make valuable, recognisable changes.

“In our recent visit it was highlighted that senior leaders and governors have swiftly focussed on the quality of teaching and assessment.

“Our inspection gave recognition to the procedures we have in place for measuring progress and attainment of students.”

Windsor has introduced an accelerated reading programme, which ‘gives independence and choice and rewards achievements with stickers and prizes and improvements were recognised in the recent Ofsted report.

Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for learning and skills, said: “I am disappointed that the schools find themselves in the position that they do.

“Each one now has a new head in place, or one arriving soon, and I’m pleased to see the governors taking the first steps towards long term improvement educating our children.”

“We have a team working with each school to bring in specialist help where necessary and there are exciting opportunities to improve and expand facilities as the local population grows.

“We will continue to work closely with all the schools in Uttoxeter. Parents expect us to explore different ways of getting the best education for children there and we will do so.”

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