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Zero-tolerance policy is key to success says head

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

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A PREVIOUSLY failing school has been handed a glowing endorsement from education bosses - four years after being placed in special measures.

Newhall Community Junior School has been rated as good in all areas after its latest Ofsted inspection.

In the report, inspectors heaped praise on the ‘clear and determined’ leadership from school leaders, the quality of teaching and pupils’ test scores.

The report marks an major change in fortunes for the school which was judged to be failing 2010.

Lead inspector Andrew Clark said pupils of all abilities read with fluency and accuracy, classrooms are well organised and the behaviour of pupils was commendable.

He said: “Teachers’ expectations are high.

“They set challenging targets for all pupils and are quick to intervene if achievement looks like it might fall below this standard.”

After the critical report, the school installed Peter Sergeant at its helm in 2011 in a bid to turn the school around.

He told the Mail: “It is great the school has been being recognised for the high quality education its teaching and non-teaching staff deliver.

“We were determined to show the strengths we have in all aspects of school life, not just those that are academic.

“For some time now, the high expectations we set have meant that progress has been significant so it is pleasing that this has been acknowledged.

“This is a true team effort with every teacher and support worker dedicated to raising standards.”

Mr Sergeant, a former Grenadier Guardsman, said a policy of zero-tolerance to poor behaviour, and rewards for good behaviour, had been key to the school’s success.

He added: “We work with 271 children, some of whom will make mistakes on the way.

“But it is vital that we put them on the right track and recognize that there will always be reasons, but never excuses, for poor behaviour or under performance.”

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