The Manchester Evening News is reporting that an inner-city Manchester academy dubbed one of the worst schools in the country just four years ago is celebrating a turnaround in fortunes after impressing Ofsted chiefs…
The Co-operative Academy of Manchester in Blackley, which gained notoriety for poor attendance as Plant Hill High back in 2010, has been rated ‘good’ by the education watchdog.
The school’s leadership and management were rated ‘outstanding’ following the latest inspection. In February, the school was rated grade three – ‘requires improvement’.
Plant Hill High was shamed as the worst for truancy in the UK four years ago – with a quarter of students bunking off.
But after being re-branded as an academy and put under the leadership of experienced head Kathy Leaver, the school was transformed.
Ms Leaver, who retired in April, was replaced by Stephen Brice. Things continued to improve under his leadership and the school has now become one of the most improved in Manchester.
Attendance is now at 97 per cent, compared to 73 per cent in 2010 when persistent absences were at 29 per cent. Four years ago, students were 10 times more likely to be absent than the national average.
In the latest inspection report, Ofsted bosses commend the school for its ‘extremely positive culture for learning’. They say staff now set high expectations for students’ behaviour and achievement.
Students now show pride in the school, according to the report.
Teaching has improved as a result of better performance management and support. This year, GCSE results were well above the average for sponsored academies.
Principal Mr Brice paid tribute to sponsors The Co-Operative Group – as well as students and staff…
Sounds like a great transformation – any local insights into how it has been achieved and has it been managed with the same group of students or where the difficult ones encouraged to go elsewhere? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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