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School in exclusions warning.

A MIDLAND school has been urged by Ofsted to reduce the number of pupil exclusions and raise consistency levels in teaching quality.

Bishop Milner Catholic School in Burton Road, Dudley, which caters for more than 700 pupils aged 11 to 18, was visited by inspectors in December.

They found that standards of behaviour were high and students worked hard, but the level of short-term exclusions was very high in 2005/6, mainly among Year 11 students.

National test results last year were above average throughout the school and well above average in Years 7 to 9 where students made outstanding progress.

"The school uses information well to set challenging targets and to monitor individual students' progress," the report said.

"However, it has only recently started to use such data to identify specific groups whose progress is less than good, such as more able girls and students of Indian ethnic heritage. As a result, strategies to raise achievement of specific groups are underdeveloped."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 3, 2007
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