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Longcroft to keep parents informed of improvement plans

February 6, 2019 7:07 PM
By Graham

Mary’s Ward Councillor Denis Healy has met with the Acting Head of Longcroft
School, Andy Baker, together with Longcroft pupils and teachers, following last
week’s publication of the national progress scores, which revealed that
Longcroft had the lowest score in the East Riding for pupil progress and below
the national average.

Healy had said that parents needed to “have faith� that the school could turn
round its performance. That prompted Mr Baker to contact Cllr Healy with an
invitation to visit the school, to see for himself the work that is going on to
get Longcroft back on track.

his visit to the school, Cllr Healy was positive about what he had seen and
heard. Cllr Healy said:

“I was
delighted to accept Mr Baker’s invitation to visit the school today, and to
hear about the work that is going on to turn the school around. Many parents
have been in touch with me expressing their concerns about the school’s
performance and there is little doubt that Longcroft is going through a tough
time at the moment, and parents expect and deserve a school with great teaching
and high expectations for their children.

“I was
able to see lessons taking place in Art, Science, Law and English, and I
witnessed passionate teachers and engaged pupils. I also had an opportunity to
meet a group of pupils over lunch from each school year from year 7 to year 13,
who were very open with me about what they felt could be improved and what is
working well.

I witnessed a school that is taking on board help and support in getting back
on track, and an Acting Head who has great pride in the school to which he has
given many years of service.

really important, now, that the school keeps parents informed about the
progress it is making in delivering improvements, and with its supportive
governing body, I am hopeful that Mr Baker and his team will do that.�

Baker said, “It was a pleasure to meet Cllr Healy, and to welcome him to
Longcroft. Hopefully my desire to invite him into school so soon after the
publishing of the Hull Daily Mail’s article demonstrates my confidence in our
staff and students. I am aware of the need to ensure our community is both
informed of the steps we are taking to secure improvement and to instil
confidence in our strategies and plan to hold a meeting for parents as soon as
possible. We are working closely with both the Local Authority and Woldgate
School, utilising support and addressing areas we recognise need to improve.
Our highly skilled, experienced governing body ensure leaders are both
supported and held to account and I am confident the commitment of our staff
and students will be rewarded.�