THE defiant headteacher of a struggling high school has drawn on the positives after government inspectors delivered a ‘must do better’ verdict.
An Ofsted team concluded Verdin High School in Winsford has not shown sufficient improvement over the past three years, and the school will now be subject to a ‘special measures’ monitoring programme.
Inspectors claimed teaching and learning needed to improve generally, but said the best teaching was “rigorous, purposeful and conducted at a good pace”.
They also pointed to incidents of “over-boisterousness” amongst some students, and said behaviour needed to improve.
But the report did highlight “significant strengths” in the school, said Mr Howlett, “notably that present standards are showing signs of recovery”.
Mr Howlett said: “I am pleased the inspection has highlighted the strengths of the school. I am also convinced that with the hard work and dedication of staff and students and the support of the community, standards of achievement will improve.