Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Reaction over Report

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Reaction over Report

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STOCKTON'S North Shore Health Academy's poor GCSE results last year make it one of four failing schools on Teesside.

In an Ofsted monitoring inspection, far right, the Norton school was blasted for its low exam grades, weak teaching, bad behaviour, and poor attendance from both pupils and staff.

Last year's figure of 32% of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths means the school, pictured, is classed as failing under standards set out by the Department for Education.

In a letter sent to the principal, inspectors said no pupils had achieved an A* or A grade in a number of subjects and in its specialist science and health related subjects standards were lower than the national average.

Parent Stewart Douglas, 50, of Norton, whose stepson is in Year 11 at North Shore said: "It's disgraceful.

My stepson wants to go to Middlesbrough College to do apprentice engineering but needs a C in maths and is getting Es.

"It's not for lack of trying - he works very hard and we're now forking out nearly pounds 200 a month on a private tutor to bring his grades up."

High staff turnover was highlighted in the letter.

Wayne Broom from teachers' union NASUWT said staff had faced some difficult situations since the merger which they were working very hard to address.

Stockton Council said it would help a failing school turn itself around if it was asked to do so.

Councillor AnnMcCoy, Stockton Council''s Cabinet member for children and young people, said: "The inspector has clearly identified a range of improvements which the academy needs to make at the earliest possible time. …

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