Headteacher vows to take Northampton school out of special measures

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The new headteacher of a Northampton secondary school that is currently in special measures, says she believes the school will be rated “good” by Ofsted next year if it continues on its current trajectory.

Yvonne Lucey, who took over Thomas Becket Catholic School at the start of the academic year, said she thought the school, which is due to become an academy soon, had a huge amount of potential.

Mrs Lucey said: “The school has a great body of staff who all work extremely hard. I chose to live in Northampton as I want to know more about the community I am serving. I have also become a director on the local area improvement board and have been working closely with Jane Herriman, from The Duston School, which has given us a lot of support over the past year.”

Mrs Lucey said she believed the school, which was rated inadequate following an Ofsted inspection in March last year, was rapidly improving and could be rated “good” by next year.

She said: “We are already looking at the results being up on last year and we have changed the curriculum so it meets the needs of the children better.”

Following the latest monitoring inspection at the end of April by the Government’s education watchdog, the school, which is being supported by the David Ross Education Trust, was found to be making good progress towards the removal of special measures.