Northampton secondary school out of ‘special measures’ for first time in two years

Thomas Becket Catholic School has come out of special measures after two years of being rated 'inadequate'
Thomas Becket Catholic School has come out of special measures after two years of being rated 'inadequate'

A secondary school in Northampton has come out of special measures for the first time in two years after the principal took some “tough decisions” to raise standards.

Thomas Becket Catholic School, which has been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted since March 2013, has moved up into the ‘requires improvement’ category after a visit by inspectors in February.

Yvonne Lucey, prinicpal of Thomas Becket Catholic School

Yvonne Lucey, prinicpal of Thomas Becket Catholic School

The school, which is currently in the process of becoming an academy, is run by principal Yvonne Lucey, who took over in September 2013.

Mrs Lucey told the Chron last June that she believed the school may be rated “good” by the end of 2015 due to the rapid improvement since her arrival.

The school has also established a close partnership with The Duston School, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

A report of an Ofsted visit from last month states the principal has taken “some tough decisions to raise standards since her arrival, and it is a school which continues to improve.”

It states: “Students’ movement around the school is orderly and they are polite and courteous towards each other, members of staff and visitors to the school.

“Students’ achievement is good in English. They are taught well in this subject, and this aspect of subject leadership is strong.

“Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strong aspect of students’ daily school life.”

A statement on the school’s website reads: “As a school community we are absolutely delighted with the outcome, this is the first part of our journey to becoming an outstanding school.”