Emergency cash goes to 10 schools

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TEN schools have benefited from emergency money to tackle serious issues.

All the schools are making progress following help from the School’s Causing Concern Contingency Fund. It was set up by the Schools Forum and £167,000 has been spent during the last 12 months.

A report to Monday’s forum meeting states: “The availability of this funding has enabled resources to be put into schools with serious issues very speedily and is allowing the schools supported to make rapid progress.”

The schools helped are: Christ Church, Pellon; Dean Field Community Primary School; New Road Primary; Shelf; St Patrick’s, Elland; Halifax High; St Catherine’s High; Luddenden Dene; Mount Pellon and Field Lane Primary.

Christ Church received the most money – £30,000.

The school was placed into special measures in autumn 2009 and the money was spent on enhanced staffing, training for the governing body and staff development.

The school has since had three satisfactory Ofsted reports and is on course to be removed from special measures within two years.