A Walsall school for excluded pupils that was deemed not for purpose in a damning Ofsted report is turning things around.

Walsall Council's education overview and scrutiny committee was told the New Leaf Inclusion Centre was already taking strides to bring itself out of special measures.

Shocked inspectors rated the school as inadequate following an inspection in April last year after witnessing pupils swearing at one another, trying to break through locked doors and setting off fire alarms.

Entrance to the New Leaf Centre, Walsall
Entrance to the New Leaf Centre, Walsall
 

They also raised concerns about the poor state of the school buildings and the lack of support for teachers.

But a monitoring visit in October has brought better news with inspectors highlighting many actions the leadership was taking to address problems.

Anne Birch, the council's assistant director for access and achievement, told the committee: "We are delighted the monitoring report already sees the impact of the measures we as a local authority and the school has put in place.

"It is early days but we are happy with the progress that has been made so far."

 

She added that the school had strengthened its management with the appointment of a new deputy head.

And to combat the issue of poor buildings, Ms Birch said the council was looking to secure a new or interim site for the school.

Connie Beirne, head of service for education standards, added: "We are feeling much more positive about the stability of teaching staff and the stability for the young people there."

Committee chair Councillor Aftab Nawaz said he was pleased to see progress was being made to turn the school's fortunes around.