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Graham School Praised After Improvements

Graham School Praised After Improvements

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 10:22am 23rd January 2018.

Graham School in Scarborough has been praised for its improvements by Ofsted.

Behaviour and attendance have improved at the school. The school’s senior leaders have introduced a revised behaviour policy and raised expectations and inspectors found that the atmosphere in lessons is calm, that pupils say they feel safe in school and staff deal quickly and effectively with bullying incidents when they occur. 

Both attendance and punctuality have improved since the school was placed in special measures last summer and Ofsted has praised Graham School’s new leadership team for acting swiftly with “focus and determination” for continuous improvement and to address safeguarding concerns.

Inspectors found there is now “much-needed stability” across a number of areas of the school, “restoring the confidence of staff and parents”.

The leadership team has also worked with North Yorkshire County Council which has committed £2 million of capital funding to bring the school onto one site to significantly improve the teaching and learning environment. 

Inspectors praised “effective support” and monitoring by the County Council with the appointment of key leadership staff and the deployment of behaviour consultants to provide appropriate staff training.

Paul Brockwell, who was appointed headteacher, took up the reins as part of a new team that the County Council brought in from the Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance.

Rob Pritchard, the Alliance’s lead for school to school support, is overseeing Graham’s progress out of special measures.  

Paul said:

 “We are very pleased with the report, but we are not resting. There is a huge amount of work to do.

The school is on a journey to improvement and we are excited for the school and the pupils we serve.

If any parent or prospective parent would like to come into the school to see what we are doing, I’m happy for them to make an appointment to visit us.”

 

County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools, said:

"The new leadership team has lost no time in moving Graham School forward since it was placed in special measures last summer, and Ofsted has acknowledged this fact”.

Inspectors returned to the school to look specifically at its progress in addressing safeguarding concerns and their findings are extremely positive. 

There is a renewed sense of focus and calm in the school and a deep commitment to supporting pupils to achieve their best in their learning.

This is a great school and the staff and governors are up for the challenge.  We have incredible students with amazing talent and we need to have high expectations and the ambition that these young people can be the best that they can be.”

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