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Castle Rushen High School inspection report published 10 December 2007

The Special Inspection Report for Castle Rushen High School has now been completed and is published.

The Department of Education commissioned a Special Inspection in response to concerns expressed by some parents, staff, politicians and members of the general public during the summer term.

Staff, students and governors contributed to the Inspection and a significant amount of documentation was provided for the inspection team by the School.

One of the main findings of the Inspection is the very high level of commitment to the students. The staff and governors alike described the students as fantastic. The report also recognised that students performed well in external examinations. During the Special Inspection, students told the Inspectors that Castle Rushen High School is a happy place.

Weaknesses were identified in the areas of communication and management. These weaknesses included the insufficient evidence of progress made by the School since its last inspection eight years ago and poor consultation between senior leaders and governors and senior leaders and other staff.

The report has made recommendations regarding what the School needs to do to improve and stresses the need for the School to act urgently.

The Special Inspection also acknowledges that Castle Rushen High School has a strong platform of staff, governor commitment and student achievement from which it can move forward.

The School is already acting on the report’s findings and is producing an action plan which will be considered by the Department in the New Year. The Inspection Report may be viewed on the Department of Education’s website at www.gov.im/education or copies may be obtained from the Department of Education, St George’s Court, Upper Church Street, Douglas.

The Inspection was carried out by Mrs Billie Farrell, who comes from a background of both schools and Local Authority work. She taught in primary and secondary schools in the UK before joining the Advisory Service as Link Adviser to schools. In this position she qualified as an Ofsted-registered Inspector and either led or was a team member in many inspections. Following this, she led a School Improvement Service as Principal Adviser, before leaving to pursue consultancy work.

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