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All Saints celebrates remarkable 2018 with commitment to further improvement
Tuesday 18th December 2018 @ 11:33 by Tom Greggan
Dukinfield Education News Tameside

2018 has been a year to remember for All Saints Catholic College.

In May, Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb MP visited the school after it was chosen to launch the government’s ‘Leading Together’ programme.

In July, the school was finally removed from special measures after more than two years and rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Also in July, headteacher, Mrs Linda Emmett, was named Headteacher of the Year at the Greater Manchester School Awards.

Then, the following month, the All Saints students achieved the best GCSE results at the school in recent years, improving their maths and English pass rate by 30% on the previous year.

Finally, Ofsted recognised All Saints for the school’s transformation in its annual report for 2017/18, published on December 4th.

In a twelve months packed with highpoints, Mrs Emmett says watching the pupils and staff grow so much as been her highlight. “What makes us proud is not just what we’ve done but how we’ve done it,” she said.

“Just to see the transformation in the staff and pupils, when they know they’re coming to a Good school and when they know that they’ve been part of something really special; that’s been absolutely phenomenal.”

Dukinfield’s local councillors have also recognised Mrs Emmett for her leading role in turning around the school’s fortunes. Earlier this year, they presented Mrs Emmett with a commemorative trophy, in a special assembly to mark her Headteacher of the Year award.

Cllr John Taylor says that local residents now view the school in a completely different light. He said: “As councillors, we had been dealing with parents complaining about the school in the past. Now it’s a complete reversal; we’ve got parents telling us how good the school is. And it’s happened in such a short period of time.

“Just by way of an example, I had three meetings with a parent who did not want her child to come to this school. She did an appeal and I assisted her as much as I could. I’ve seen her three times since and she cannot tell me anything better about the school. She said: “What a mistake I would have made if my child hadn’t have gone there.” That’s massive. The pupil absolutely loves it here.”

One such parent whose opinion has changed is Andrea Coleman. All three of hers sons have attended All Saints and as a member of staff for the past four years, she has seen the improvement first hand.

She said: “ My youngest boy came here at the same time as Mrs Emmett and I was sceptical. I didn’t think I wanted him to stay but I thought I’d give it a chance. Miss Emmett and Mr Diamond (Deputy Head) were very positive so we stuck it out.

“It’s the best decision I ever made. He is doing absolutely fantastic. He’s been in debate club and he goes on countless trips. There are just such diverse opportunities that my other two, before Miss Emmett came, didn’t have at all.”

As a remarkable 2018 comes to a close, All Saints is now looking ahead with renewed positivity and vigour.

“About two years ago, we decided we want this school to be the Outstanding school that Dukinfield deserves,” Mrs Emmett said. “That’s our next step. We’ve still got a long way to go but if there is any team, in any school in the country that can continue to transform then it’s this one.

“The staff are raring to go. The pupils are completely on board with us because they know that every decision we make is for their benefit. We will not stop until this school gets to Outstanding, but in the best possible way; in a community that has fun, laugher, joy and happiness, in a community that loves coming to school and loves coming to work.”