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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 17:25 GMT 18:25 UK
Governors to go at problem school
Endeavour High School
The new school was the first to be opened in Hull for 20 years
Hull council chiefs are taking action to remove the board of governors at a troubled school in the city.

The authority has started appointing interim executive board members at Endeavour High School, council leader Colin Inglis told BBC Radio Humberside.

Its action under the School Standards Act (1998) is yet to be sanctioned by Education Secretary Charles Clarke.

In May, government inspectors said the school was failing to provide a satisfactory standard of education.

Poor results

The school was found by Ofsted to have unsatisfactory staffing levels, low attendance and low standards.

Its report said recruiting and retaining teachers was a major problem.

One of the governors, Danny Brown, said he was furious after finding out in the local news that he could be about to lose his position.

"We have been working in the last four months with a new management structure on an approved improvement plan," he said.

"On top of that we have just had the GCSE results, which, to be honest, we did not expect to be a great success given the problems we have had.

Schools merged

"I find it insulting to be told by the leader of Hull City Council that the school governing body and its chairman are being axed."

Earlier this year, headteacher David Thorp resigned and Kevin Beaton, the head of Kingswood High School in Hull, was appointed to take temporary charge.

Two schools were merged in 2001 to create Endeavour, which moved into a new 15m building in Beverley Road last September.

In 2003, 17% of pupils got five good GCSEs or equivalents, up from 11% the year before.

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