Police to broker meeting on school behaviour

THE police are to try to arrange a meeting to sort out behaviour problems in and around Calder High School, Mytholmroyd.

The school has been given an Improvement Notice by Ofsted inspectors because of the way some young people behave in and out of school, and particularly at lunchtimes when many leave the premises.

Inspectors found the quality of education acceptable, the leadership and management satisfactory.

But they said several students showed significant disregard for the school’s behaviour policies and inspectors found the level of supervision to be inadequate.

The issues was raised at the Luddenden Foot Ward Forum, chaired by Coun Christine Bampton-Smith.

She said the police had no serious criminal incidents to report

“But it was suggested by the police representative that they would try to arrange a meeting with Carol Spillane, who is the head of Calder High, pupils and councillors to discuss the issues causing problems for the school.

“The young people who attended the meeting agreed that would be a good idea and they said they would welcome the chance to put their views forward,” said Coun Bampton-Smith (Lib-Dem, Luddenden Foot).

Youngsters also made a plea for Calderdale Council to provide a “Youth Shelter” in the Kershaw area but away from houses - so that nobody would be affected by noise.

The meeting also discussed the huge traffic tailbacks caused by repairs to the A646 Burnley Road, in Luddenden Foot.

Concern was also expressed about the council’s failure to put resources into the scheme to restore Luddenden Foot Civic Institute.

A discussion about forming Parish Councils, in Luddenden Foot and Mytholmroyd, will be on the agenda for the next ward meeting.

Councillor Bampton-Smith said: “We had a very positive and lively meeting and it was good to see representatives from a wide range of age groups and interests taking part”.