Leaders offer help to underfire school

Montgomery High School, Bispham.
Montgomery High School, Bispham.
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Education bosses today pledged to help an embattled school which was placed into special measures by Ofsted following a critical inspection report.

That’s the message from Coun Ivan Taylor, the council’s cabinet member for children’s services, after Montgomery High School was placed in special measures by government inspectors who said students were not making appropriate progress.

It comes just two years after the Bispham school transferred from local authority control to become an academy.

Coun Taylor said: “The performance of this school is very much the responsibility of the governing body, however it’s clear we want to do anything we can and will do anything within our means to support the school in this difficult 

“It’s a sad episode for a school with such a history of good reputation, but I am sure the school is addressing the issues.”

The school was blasted by the Ofsted inspectors, who said teachers were not challenging pupils enough so they weren’t making progress.

They accused teachers of failing to ensure pupils were getting a good education, and said lesson time was wasted as teachers spent too much time repeating instructions to latecomers.

The report said pupils were taking advantage of “widespread discrepancies” in school policy.

Coun Taylor said the inspectors had given the school a “little kick” but lessons would be learned.

He added: “It’s important that we don’t give the impression that children going to Montgomery now are in a failing school.”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said there was no link between the latest Ofsted report with the school’s academy status.

Mr Maynard said: “We should not be drawing a simplistic link between academy status and the quality of a school.

“Nevertheless, I am sure the headteacher and governors of Montgomery will want to look very closely at the report and made sure any criticism is addressed.”

Montgomery’s headteacher Simon Brennand said in a letter sent to parents he was “extremely disappointed” with the report but said he was “clear” on the ways the school needs to improve.