Celebration time at improved school

Carr Hill High pupils celebrate their 'good' Ofsted rating. Left to right are George Roylance ' Moore, John Gregson (head boy), Sofia Riera, Patrick Earnshaw (headteacher), Amber Chauhan, Jess Gregson (head girl) and Bethany Ackers.
Carr Hill High pupils celebrate their 'good' Ofsted rating. Left to right are George Roylance ' Moore, John Gregson (head boy), Sofia Riera, Patrick Earnshaw (headteacher), Amber Chauhan, Jess Gregson (head girl) and Bethany Ackers.
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STUDENTS and staff at a former failing Fylde school are celebrating after inspectors said they had turned it around.

Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form Centre has now been deemed “good” by Ofsted in a recent inspection.

Just four years ago it was a different story when Ofsted considered the school to be failing.

Inspectors said the school required significant improvement because it was performing below expectations.

They also said they were concerned about the decline in the number of pupils achieving high GCSE grades.

A year later, in 2009, the Royal Avenue school was deemed “satisfactory” – but it has now impressed inspectors even more and has shown to have “improved strongly”.

Inspectors, who visited the school last month, noted students now leave the school “with standards which are above that usually seen”.

They highlighted the fact the percentage of students achieving at least five GCSE grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, has increased each year since the previous inspection and was the best in the school’s history in 2012.

They also felt “students in all years are very proud of their school” and “are keen to learn”.

The report went on to state students speak highly of the adults who work with them because they “can trust the staff and they are always there for us if we need them.”

Learning and teaching was highly praised by Ofsted which found “outstanding teaching in a range of subjects across the school”, particularly in the sixth form college, which has more than doubled in size in the last three years.

According to Ofsted leadership and management at the school has “a marked impact on all areas of school life”.

The report also singled out “the principled and inspirational leadership of the headteacher” for praise.

Headteacher Patrick Earnshaw, who has led the Kirkham school since January 2009, says he was delighted with the successful inspection.

He said: “Results in 2011 put Carr Hill in the top 14 per cent of schools nationally, and in 2012 we were even higher. We have a very strong academic record now.

“We have wonderful young people at this school and talented and hardworking adults work with them.

“Their parents are also very supportive.

“It’s been a great team effort to get this far, and we have our sights firmly set on becoming even better. Congratulations to everyone.”