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Things looking up for troubled school in Rochford
12:00pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A SCHOOL rebuilding its reputation after a torrid two years has been praised by an MP for the way it’s fighting back.
The school saw a drastic change in personnel in the summer following a turbulent period which saw three head teachers leave the school in less than two years.
Teachers also took strike action over one head’s management methods and to top it all, the school was plunged into special measures earlier this year in March.
Andy Howe has since been appointed headteacher and over the summer all but two members of the teaching staff were replaced.
Mr Francois said praised staff and pupils for their drive to improve.
He added: “I had a very positive visit to the school. I met the newly formed school council who put me through a 20-minute question and answer session, and some very good questions were part of it. I then handed out badges to all of the council in a very well ordered assembly with proud parents looking on.
“I know the school has been through a difficult period, but after meeting some of the staff and pupils, I believe this school is now on the way back up.”
Speaking about Mr Francois’s, Mr Howe said: “It was a great pleasure to meet Mr Francois and show him the school in action.
“The school council spoke with him at length about their role, and they are going to visit the Houses of Parliament next term to see democracy at work.
“We all enjoyed meeting him and I think he was pleased with the progress that the school is evidently making.”
On the school’s future and start to the school year, Mr Howe added: “It’s been really positive so far. I received a really nice letter from a parent this week saying that the pupils were a lot happier, calmer and more engaged.
“There is still some work to do with the learning and a bit of catching up for the children to do, but we’ve made the conditions here for learning very good and we have a very committed set of staff.
“It will take time but we’re moving along and I feel very positive about it all.”
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