TOM McDONALD, headteacher of All Saints, which has made significant steps forward, said: "We have tried every possible strategy but it's about the whole atmosphere of school improvement, improving learning and teaching, improving ethos. Everything contributes.
"We did not set out to cut exclusions but improve behaviour. We looked at vulnerable children and brought in a modified curriculum for a number of them and gave them more support with literacy and numeracy. We looked at behaviour and tried to manage it."
There are nine guidance teachers, well above the normal ratio. "Attendance is the biggest issue for us. If they do not come along to school, we cannot teach them," Mr McDonald said.