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Monday, 22 July, 2002, 17:09 GMT 18:09 UK
School's 'climate of intimidation'
Washwood Heath Technology College
A new head of governors has been appointed
Inspectors have warned that a climate of intimidation caused by some governors had affected standards at a Birmingham school.

Washwood Heath Technology College was placed under special measures after a visit by officials from Ofsted in March.

Morale at the school was also hit by the resignation of the headmaster in December last year and allegations of racism made by governors and pupils against staff.

But the new chair of governors told BBC News Online on Monday that the school is now back on course with results continuing to improve.

Washwood Heath Technology College
Results have improved at the school

Brian Rowe, from Ofsted, says in the report that the school "does not provide its pupils and students with an acceptable standard of education".

The report says that the previous headteacher resigned because relations "with a faction of the governors became untenable" and half of the school's staff have left the school during the past year.

Mr Rowe praises the new independent head of governors Cecil Knight, a former headteacher himself, who was appointed in October 2001.

"He has worked diligently to try to ensure the governors and senior staff work in a co-operative and efficient way," he says in the report.

The report also says that the GCSE results of the school in 2001 are above those of similar schools, but below the national average.

Mr Knight said: "The report does not reflect the state of the school as it is now. We are now fully staffed and we have teachers of quality.

"I am full of hope and optimism for the future."


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