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Case study: Achieving tough but aspirational targets in English

Charged with transforming her school’s English GCSE outcomes, Anna Martin was given a range of tough but aspirational targets. She explains some of the wider strategies and specific interventions they used

Carlton Community College is an 11 to 16 school in a deprived area of Barnsley, formed as an amalgamation of two local schools in 2009. 

When I joined in September 2013, 46 per cent of students were eligible for free school meals. The school was designated special measures in January 2012 and between then and October 2013 there had been four headteachers and several new members of the leadership team. 

There had been a big restructure in the summer term of 2013 which resulted in 27 staff leaving and 17 new staff joining the school. Staff morale was very low and in addition to all this, the number of students joining the school was falling year-on-year, which was having a negative impact on the budget.

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