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New headteacher for troubled school

New headteacher for troubled school

Published at 5:59pm 2nd July 2015. (Updated at 6:10pm 2nd July 2015)

It's hoped that a North Yorkshire school can make a fresh start after facing challenging times.

A new headteacher has started work at Forest Moor, near Darley, to build on improvements which have been made in recent months.

Marc Peart was due to take up his role in September, but the governing body has arranged for him to start early so that he can help pupils and staff to prepare for the next year.

Forest Moor supports younger children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) and by complementing other specialist provision in mainstream schools and pupil referral units.

It was placed in special measures last year, but inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted have noted steady improvements in teaching, the behaviour of pupils and in leadership and management.

A local authority review of the school in February reported strong and sustained improvements in teaching and learning, with students engaged and behaviour largely good.

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Schools, said: "Forest Moor is making progress and we are very pleased to have a new, experienced and permanent headteacher in post to take the school's improvement forward.

"Our priority is to develop Forest Moor into a good school where we can guarantee that young people are well-educated and prepared for life. We will work with governors and the new head to this end.

"The school has impressive facilities and is well-placed to become the hub of BESD provision in the west of the county."