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New head, new direction

Two years ago, Buckhaven High received one of the worst ever inspection reports with 15 fairs and two unsatisfactories in the list of performance indicators. This week, HMIE said it would not be going back because of the Fife secondary's "sustained improvements" under a new headteacher.

David McClure, who was previously deputy head, has been in charge for two years and was praised by inspectors for "very effective leadership", particularly in improving the climate and relationships of the school and raising standards of behaviour. Staff now feel disciplinary matters are dealt with effectively.

Attainment levels are still below expectations but there are "encouraging signs that pupils' performance was improving", inspectors report.

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