Council invited to tour troubled school

COUNCILLOR West and Mr Spracklen with year six pupil Peter

MAYOR of Portland, Sandy West visited IPACA academy on the island to see first-hand the school under the new leadership of Acting Principal Mr Gary Spracklen.

Councillor West visited the school on Red Nose Day and had the opportunity to speak to students and staff about the changes being made to bring about a rapid change in fortunes for the Portland Academy.

Councillor West described the school as a “happy” and said that she was “very impressed with the passion and commitment of Gary to the school and to the children”.

But she also acknowledged that while “there is a long way to go before the school is everything it should be”, she now feels that this school can and will improve.

Mr Spracklen, Acting Principal, said: “It was a pleasure to host Councillor West and share the positive steps being taken to raise standards and improve outcomes for all learners.”

During the visit, Mr Spracklen extended an invitation via Councillor West to welcome the entire Portland Town Council Chamber for a tour of the school.

Speaking about this invitation he said: “I want as many people as possible to see first-hand the hard work, dedication and commitment being shown by students, staff, parents and the wider community to bring about real change.”

Mr Spracklen added: “The school acting alone will only make small steps of progress, it’s a whole community approach that will make the real difference.”