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​Taking action to improve children’s education

Education leaders at Bury Council are taking decisive action to improve the chances of children who attend a local primary school.

They are intervening at St Paul’s CE Primary School, which is rated by Ofsted as ‘Requires Improvement’, to bring in an Interim Executive Board (IEB).

Councillor Tamoor Tariq, cabinet member for children and families, said: “We are passionate about the education and well-being of pupils and students in Bury, and this year we have seen some solid and impressive results.

“However, we also recognise that more needs to be done if every pupil and every school is to succeed.

“We need to help St Paul’s improve, and I welcome the fact that our measures have the full backing of the Church of England Diocese.

“The newly-formed Interim Executive Board of professional and expert leaders in education will now work closely with the head teacher and staff at St Paul’s, with partner schools and with the diocese to drive up the educational standards of pupils at the school.”

Installing an IEB has been sanctioned by the Regional Schools Commissioner, and will begin its work in the new year.

Cllr Tariq added: “This is a welcome and necessary development. Bury means business in educating all its children well. I am delighted to be a leading part of this work. I hope that parents, carers and governors will recognise the value of equipping all our children to succeed and to do well in life. We are determined to become one of the best.”


Press release issued: 20 December 2019.

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Bury Council consists of six towns, Bury, Ramsbottom, Tottington, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. Formed in April 1974 as a result of Local Government re-organisation it was one of the ten original districts that formed the County of Greater Manchester. The Borough has an area of 9,919 hectares (24,511 acres) and serves a population of 187,500.

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