School praise from minister

High Tunstall College of Science headteacher Mark Tilling.
High Tunstall College of Science headteacher Mark Tilling.

THE leadership and management at a town school has been praised following an inspection by a Government watchdog.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Government’s Chief Inspector for Schools, has written to High Tunstall College of Science’s head Mark Tilling following a recent Ofsted inspection.

In his letter, Sir Michael said: “The leadership and management of the college were judged to be good.

“In particular, your leadership has substantially increased the amount of good teaching in the college.

“I was pleased to read that students’ attendance has improved and that they are keen and well-mannered.

“I also note the strong support and challenge that governors offer you in ensuring performance management arrangements are robust.”

Marion Agar, Chair of Governors, said: “It is very re-assuring to receive praise from the Chief Inspector for Schools.

“This is well-deserved because everyone associated with High Tunstall is working so hard to achieve the very best for our students.

“It is particularly pleasing that he has acknowledged our good leadership and management, the role of governors, attendance and behaviour because these are key ingredients for the success of any school.”

The Ofsted report, published earlier this year, said: “The College is improving quickly because the headteacher, senior team and governors have developed a relentless and effective focus on the climate for learning, behaviour, the quality of teaching and the amount of progress that students are making.”