Hitchin’s Our Lady school has new staff lined up ahead of fresh start

PUBLISHED: 08:12 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:40 24 July 2018

Our Lady Catholic Primary School headteacher Ciara Nicholson and chair of governors Neil Adams. Picture: DANNY LOO

Our Lady Catholic Primary School headteacher Ciara Nicholson and chair of governors Neil Adams. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A Hitchin school that was at the centre of a historical assessment investigation has pledged to bounce back after a difficult year.

Our Lady Catholic Primary School headteacher Ciara Nicholson and chair of governors Neil Adams with year six pupils. Picture: DANNY LOOOur Lady Catholic Primary School headteacher Ciara Nicholson and chair of governors Neil Adams with year six pupils. Picture: DANNY LOO

Our Lady Catholic Primary School head Ciara Nicholson says the school has performed “remarkably well under the circumstances” during the investigation that saw the suspension of six teachers – none of whom will be returning to the school.

The staffing turbulence at the school has been cited by inspectors in a new Ofsted report, in which the school was deemed to ‘require improvement’ overall – though the inspectors did note the head and governors had “secured improvements in a short period of time”.

Speaking to the Comet, Mrs Nicholson and chair of governors Neil Adams said the school had secured experienced and stable staff to start in September – and that everyone at Our Lady would be working hard to get their Ofsted rating back up to ‘good’ and then ‘outstanding’.

Mrs Nicholson said: “The best is yet to come.”

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