Following a monitoring visit to the school at the beginning of this month, I am very pleased to announce that the Her Majesty's Chief Inspector for Education and Training in Wales has removed Eastern High from the list of schools requiring Special Measures.
It was a privilege and a very special moment to be able to announce this to staff recently. There was much emotion as the news broke for staff, who have been through such a lot and worked so incredibly hard over the past few years.
The report is attached to this post and is also published on the Estyn Website. The report is not the usual type of report; unlike normal inspection reports it doesn't comment on how good we actually are, instead it reports on our progress since the inspection in December 2014. There are three categories of progress and I'm pleased to say, we attained the highest progress grade - "Strong", for each of the recommendations we had been given.
In their verbal feedback to me however, the inspectors were very enthusiastic about the progress we have made in such a short time and commented favourably on some of the sector leading practice we now have in place.
We'd like to thank all parents and members of the community who have supported us throughout our improvement journey over the past few years. Also congratulations to all of our students who have helped create an ethos throughout the school which is friendly, caring and studious. I am in no doubt that this will have positive influence on the local community, who now have another good school to send their children to. This news combined with the new building we're about to move into at Christmas is a fantastic present for everyone associated with the school.
Like any school we have our up and down days, but this news will certainly lift us for months to come. The job now is to keep the momentum going into the new build, develop our new partnership with Cardiff and Vale College and together create a campus with first-class learning, which is the envy of Wales.