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  • New Headteacher at Stanley High promises ‘high expectations’

    Ollie Cowan

    THE NEW Headteacher at Stanley High School has pledged to create an ‘ inspirational learning community’ in which all students can achieve their full potential.

    Neil Moore was speaking after settling into his new post at the school which was placed into special measures by Ofsted in September.

    Mr Moore, 39, was previously Deputy Headteacher at Greenbank High School, which has been appointed as Stanley High sponsor school by the Department of Education as part of its conversion to academy status.

    Greenbank is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and Mr Moore believes that over time the same standards can be achieved at Stanley.

    He explained: “Greenbank is well known for its high academic values, can-do ethos and emphasis on educating the ‘whole child’.

    “By working in partnership with Greenbank Headteacher Ian Raikes, and with the support of students, parents, governors and staff, I believe we can replicate these values here at Stanley, putting the focus firmly on high expectations and excellent progress.

    “My aim is to build on the recent advances we have made in tackling attendance, punctuality and behaviour to create a school community in which all students can achieve,” he added.

    Mr Moore joined Greenbank High School in 2002 and over the subsequent 15 years, as well as teaching History, he served as the school’s Head of Humanities and Head of IT before becoming Assistant Headteacher and then Deputy Headteacher.

    Mr Moore added: “It’s been a difficult period for the school but I believe we can now put that behind us, show Stanley is a good place to learn and achieve, and look to the future with confidence. 

    “I want Stanley High to be a place where all students are engaged, happy, proud of  being part of the school and above all successful in their studies.”

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