THE smiles speak volumes at a Blackpool high school after a glowing report from school inspectors shone the spotlight on improvements.
Better behaviour, improved teaching and a rise in both attainment and attendance saw praise heaped on Collegiate on Blackpool Old Road by Ofsted bosses.
But the picture was very different just seven months ago. When inspectors visited in June 2010, they classed the school as inadequate and gave it a notice to improve.
New headteacher Cherry Ridgway was drafted in and began work in September with rapidly improving results.
She told The Gazette: “Staff and students are delighted the fantastic progress we are making has been recognised.
“Inspectors said the school is making good progress in every area, this was the best outcome possible and due to the hard work of staff, students and parents.”
Inspectors wrote: “Behaviour was always at least satisfactory and in the majority of lessons was good” and “teaching and learning has improved”.
Staff were praised too. The report said: “Attendance is now in line with national rates and strong leadership has been a key driver in bringing about improvements and good progress.”