Outlook for Marlwood School improving
Its image might have taken a bit of a battering in the BBC documentary, but staff at Marlwood School say things are looking up for the Alveston School.
Recently appointed headteacher, Del Planter, said “I am very proud to be the new Headteacher of Marlwood School. We have made significant progress since September 2018 in addressing the very real challenges we face. Behaviour at the school is positive with our students responding well to the high expectations that have been placed on them. Marlwood currently has the highest attendance across Castle School Education Trust.”
“We have staff with a long-term commitment to Marlwood School despite the difficulties who are working tirelessly alongside new staff to rapidly improve students' learning and general experience in school. The culture and climate of the school has come a long way since last year. We are now focused on building momentum following on from our most recent Ofsted monitoring visit in November''.
William Roberts, CEO of Castle School Education Trust, said ''Marlwood School has made an excellent start to this academic year, with a renewed leadership and teaching team under the leadership of new Headteacher Del Planter. Attendance has improved considerably and the number of Year 6 parents making Marlwood their first choice has increased. We had a very positive inspection monitoring visit, details of which we will share as soon as the summary letter is published by Ofsted''.
In the longer term, a 112 place special school is to be built on the Marlwood site. In October, MP Luke Hall met the Minister for Schools Lord Agnew to request capital funding of £2.3 million for the project.