Head’s vow to improve school

Andrew Whitaker, new headteacher at Todmorden High School.
Andrew Whitaker, new headteacher at Todmorden High School.

The acting headteacher at Todmorden High believes he can make it a “good” school within two years after criticism from Ofsted.

Andrew Whitaker, who took up the position in January, says the school is on the right track to continue the progress made in recent months and address the areas of concern raised by the education watchdog.

When they visited the school last month, inspectors ruled that it required improvement.

Their report criticised the quality of teaching and noted that some students are not fully engaged with their learning.

But there was praise for the efforts of the senior leadership team, who have implemented an action plan to address the areas of concern.

“I’m pleased that the inspection team recognised the great pupils that we have at Todmorden High and they recognised that the school has made some significant improvements since January,” Mr Whitaker said.

“The whole staff team have greater confidence in their own ability. Everybody has stepped up.

“I’m confident that it will be a good school within two years.”