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Once failing college now rated 'good' by Ofsted
AN education support centre that was placed in special measures is celebrating after being rated ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report.
Rise Carr College, previously known as the Phoenix Centre, caters for youngsters who have struggled in previous learning environments and offers specialist support to get them back into mainstream school.
The centre, on Eldon Street, Darlington, was placed in special measures in January 2010 after Ofsted said it was failing its pupils.
Since then it has undergone a major overhaul and was released from special measures last year.
The site changed its name at beginning of this academic year to reflect its improvements, and its recent ‘good’ rating from Ofsted tops off its turnaround.
Head teacher Kay Kelly said: “I am delighted with this result.
“It is wonderful to have this judgment as it rubber stamps what we have known for a while now.
“This outcome can be attributed to many things; the hard work, dedication and tenacity of staff, collaborative working with students and parents as well as unwavering support from colleagues across all sectors of education in Darlington are some of them.”
Coun Cyndi Hughes, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, added: “All credit to everyone involved with this turnaround.
“The college is a hugely important facility for the pupils and this Ofsted report demonstrates that they are now getting the support they need.”
Ms Kelly and Pat Howarth, chair of governors of Hummersknott Academy, have worked with Darlington academies and the council to improve the college and Ofsted praised Ms Kelly for her “high aspirations, drive and clear direction”.
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