Good news for Weighton School

Gavin Chappell -
Gavin Chappell -

A SCHOOL in special measures has been praised by improvement officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council after a recent monitoring visit.

Officers highlighted “the continued positive moves forward” at The Market Weighton School, with further improvement in the quality of teaching and learning. They also praised work that had been done to improve attendance and punctuality, whilst maintaining high standards of behaviour.

The 560-pupil Spring Road school hit the headlines in 2010 when it was found that teaching had not been up to scratch and pupils’ had been underachieving.

Since then former headteacher Phil Tibbetts resigned due to ill health and was replaced by acting head, Gavin Chappell. The school was also forced to scrap an intake of sixth-form students in September due to a lack of interest.

But Mr Chappell believes the recent inspection by the local authority can give everyone connected to the school the belief that it will be brought out of special measures by next year.

He said: “The monioring visit is another positive step in our journey out of special measures and gives staff, students and parents the confidence that we will be recognised in 2012 as a school that no longer needs special measures status.”

The school also received a boost at the start of this academic year when they received a visit from Ofsted inspectors who noted that staff and students were making impressive progress.