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School’s giant leap up quality league

Staff and pupils celebrated after Marton Primary School, Blackpool, goes up an Ofsted rating in just one year

Staff and pupils celebrated after Marton Primary School, Blackpool, goes up an Ofsted rating in just one year

A Blackpool primary is celebrating after being given the thumbs-up from inspectors just 10 months after they deemed it “inadequate”.

Marton Primary School was visited by Ofsted in May 2013 and told it was failing in key areas for teaching and learning and the behaviour of pupils.

But, after relentless work, it has this month been rated as good by the independent inspectorate, in a report which outlined “impeccable” pupil behaviour and “exceptional” school management.

According to the Ofsted framework schools can be rated from one to four, with one being outstanding and four being inadequate. Marton has gone from a four to a two.

Headteacher Ruth Coupe said: “We are delighted with the report and the way it has recognised the teamwork that has gone into making Marton such a good school.”

Just one year ago the school, on Whernside, was told: “Pupils do not make enough progress”, “activities in lessons lack challenge” and “teaching is inadequate”.

But it was identified that “senior leaders are very clear about how to bring about the necessary improvements”.

By comparison, a visit to the 350-pupil school at the end of March found:

> Standards have improved and are the best they have been for several years.

> Teaching has improved, teachers set high standards.

> The headteacher, senior leaders and governors have come a long way.

A total of 79 per cent of Blackpool primary schools are now rated as “good” by Ofsted.

 

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