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School investigation continues

A series of interviews with staff at Castle Rushen High School, to examine concerns over the way the school is run, draws to a close today.

It's part of a special inspection of the school, ordered by the Director of Education in response to concerns raised by parents, politicians, the public and staff.

As the school faces intense scrutiny, it's emerged that 18 education staff, including 12 full-time teachers, have left Castle Rushen in the past academic year.

Jason Roberts reports (text, below, from attached audio file):

The interviews, with senior figures at the department, are an opportunity for staff to give their views, positive and negative, on the way the school is run.

Concern centres on the leadership and management of the school

relations between staff and the senior management team are thought to be strained, breeding low staff morale and problems retaining teachers.

Today is seventh and final day of face-to-face interviews, although teachers can make written statements if they prefer.

Meanwhile, the Association of School and College Leaders, acting for headteacher Maria Tomaszewska, has described Castle Rushen as a high achieving school with a professional leadership team and dedicated staff.

In a statement it says it expects the Special Inspection to confirm this view.

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