School’s pride in turnaround

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A FYLDE school ordered to transform its results by Government inspectors is celebrating after turning its fortunes around.

Last year St Michael’s C of E School, in Kirkham, was slapped with a Notice to Improve after staff failed to impress Ofsted inspectors and warned the school’s performance was simply not good enough.

But one year on and it is all smiles at the School Lane primary after inspectors returned and upped the school’s score to “satisfactory” – adding the “future looks promising”.

Delighted headteacher Margaret Long added “We are very pleased with the findings of Ofsted and look forward to improving further over the coming years.

“This is a very positive outcome acknowledging the hard work and dedication of all staff, children, parents and governors. But we cannot be complacent.

“This is just a spring board on which we can move into the future with confidence and reassure to our community that we will continue to strive for the best for all our children.

“We can all look forward to a bright future at St Michael’s.”

The Ofsted inspectors found progress for pupils across the school showed improvements – indicating standards will rise further – and categorised teaching in the school as “good” after stating it had improved significantly in the last 12 months.

The report added: “All the weakness identified during the previous inspection have been resolved.

“Teaching of outstanding quality was observed.”

And pupils were praised for showing very good, and often exemplary, behaviour during their time in the classroom.

In a letter sent to the school’s youngsters, inspector Brian Padgett said: “I am pleased to tell you we believe the school has done all that was asked of it.

“Not only that but it is improving strongly. The future looks promising.”

Prior to its last inspection the school had been considered “satisfactory with good features” after inspectors visited in 2008.

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