Staff celebrate turnaround after Ofsted inspection

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Staff at a Mirfield high school are celebrating after education inspectors judged it as “good”.

Castle Hall Academy, which was rated as “requires improvement” after its previous inspection, was praised across the board in a new Ofsted report.

The report, published on Thursday, said: “Strong leadership and effective management and governance have been key in bringing about improvement in teaching and students’ achievement and behaviour since the previous inspection.”

Inspectors visited the Richard Thorpe Avenue School in February and rated it as “good” for its leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils.

Principal Andy Pugh said: “I am delighted that the dedicated efforts of staff and students, the guidance of governors and the support of parents and carers and the community have all been recognised.

“The inspectors concluded that aspirations are high for future performance.”