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Holywells teaching crisis averted

PUBLISHED: 15:26 17 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

THERE will be no new staffing crisis at Holywells High School next term, parents have been assured at a special meeting.

Acting headteacher Mike Moran told more than 100 parents at the school in Lindbergh Road, Ipswich: "We will have a full complement of staff from September."

THERE will be no new staffing crisis at Holywells High School next term, parents were assured at a special meeting.

Acting headteacher Mike Moran told more than 100 parents at the school in Lindbergh Road, Ipswich: "We will have a full complement of staff from September."

The school had to find 21 new teachers for the autumn, which was a tall order during the current teacher shortage – but this has been achieved.

The new acting headteacher appointed for September, Michael Kee, was not able to come along to the meeting. Parents were told he was busy with his current job, supporting the headteacher at another school in difficulties.

However, Mr Jowett said Mr Kee, from Lincolnshire, had a proven track record – and he was delighted that Mr Moran would be able to stay on as associate headteacher two days a week next term. "Mike will give a degree of stability."

Parents were told it had not been possible to appoint a permanent headteacher yet because of the legal procedures for advertising teaching jobs and giving notice. But Mr Jowett said: "We are going to make sure we get the right person."

Holywells has been dogged by controversy since it was put on "special measures" because it was seen to be failing pupils after a Government inspection.

As a result, managers at the school have been working to get it back up to scratch and have developed an action plan for the next two years.

Parents were told an £80,000-a-year grant has been awarded to fund a Learning Support Centre where some of the most difficult pupils would be educated so they would not disrupt the classroom.

The school timetable will be restructured from eight 35-minute periods into days of six 50-minute classes, increasing the overall time pupils will spend being taught.

Mr Jowett told parents talks where still at an early stage towards the possibility of the Church of England having a direct say in the running of Holywells High School.

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