Halifax Catholic High’s final road to recovery

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Half of the teachers will be new to St Catherine’s Catholic High when it reopens in September.

That is partly because Leeds Diocese intends to close the school at Holmfield, Halifax, in July 2013 to concentrate secondary provision at All Saint’s College, Bradley Bar, Huddersfield.

St Catherine’s was placed in special measures by Ofsted in March because attendance and teaching, particularly of maths and English were inadequate. The latest report indicates some progress but not enough to allow newly qualified teachers to work there.

Michael Gosling, the head of nearby Holy Trinity Academy, has taken over as the executive head of St Catherine’s and according to Ofsted is providing inspirational leadership. “He has demonstrated tenacity in creating a climate of accountability and establishing a culture of aspiration. He has effectively deployed support from the local authority to improve the quality of teaching which is starting to have an impact.”

Inspector Joan Davis found some tenuous improvements in pupil achievement and teaching quality is improving but both remain inadequate. Behaviour and attendance is now satisfactory.

Mr Gosling said: “we are pleased St Catherine’s is making very positive progress. It has been recognised as a school that is working to ensure that students are challenged and given an education that meets their needs.”

Tom Miskell, chairman of the governors said: “The planned changes are starting to have a real impact within a relatively short period of time. Students have responded very positively to new ways of working.”