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Haigh to quit post

Trouble-hit Christ Church C of E School in North Finchley has registered its first improvements in more than two years but its headteacher Peter Haigh is leaving.

For the first time since the school was put into special measures in September 2000, Government inspectors have made positive comment about it.

The Ofsted inspection on Friday revealed reasonably good progress at the secondary school in Warnham Road. It compares well to a report leaked in March last year that showed deteriorating standards.

Barnet Council took control of the school's powers in April last year and Mr Haigh took over from Marion Paige-Hagg as headteacher.

Less than a year later, Mr Haigh is leaving, to be replaced by Peter Salter after Easter.

Mr Salter has been the duputy head at secondary comprehensive school Rydens in Walton-on-Thames since 1998.

Chairman of the governors, Reverend Adrian Benjamin, said: "Peter Haigh has given a solid foundation for the future and the school has been steadied. We are looking forward to an exciting time with the new headteacher.

"We are within shooting distance of coming out of special measures.

"I think slower progress is sometimes good because it means it has taken root.

"It is worth it because we have dug proper foundations rather than just window-dressing improvements."

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