Ofsted success at St George’s

Headteacher Liz Warner and pupils celebrate their Ofsted report
Headteacher Liz Warner and pupils celebrate their Ofsted report
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SCHOOL bosses were celebrating after receiving top marks from inspectors.

Ofsted visited St George’s High School in January and left no stone unturned as they chatted to staff, students and parents.

They last visited in 2007 and classed the school as satisfactory with many good features – but the recent inspection moved the school up a notch.

This time the Marton school was classed as good with four areas which were outstanding – the highest possible grade.

In a year which has seen the school pick up record GCSE results, it was smiles all round according to headteacher Elizabeth Warner.

She said: “We’ve been working for 10 years to re-invent our school and this is widely known in Blackpool

“What Ofsted saw was the result of powerful efforts from everyone concerned including students, staff, governors and parents.

“This was recognised in the description of the school as ‘intelligent and determined’ and the summing up of ‘relationships between staff and students’ as ‘excellent’.

“We had six inspectors over three days who made sure no stone was left unturned.

“This is all the more reason for the delight with which we received the judgements from the team.”

Inspectors marked the school outstanding on: The extent to which pupils feel safe, pupil behaviour, the effectiveness of care, guidance and support and the effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being.

They said in their report: “Students enjoy all the school has to offer and achievement is good.

“During their time at St George’s they develop attitudes and skills which equip them well for the world of work.

“Students agree the quality of care, guidance and support is a major strength of the school, commenting in discussion that it is better than excellent.

“The school is well placed to build on its recent strong improvement and make further gains.

“High morale and increasing ambition are palpable throughout.”

Deacon Ann Wren, chairman of governors was also thrilled.

She said: “It’s a massive achievement.

“Ofsted got it absolutely right when they reported the school had a vision which staff and students recognise and subscribe to.

“We also have strong ambition for and work has already started for an even better report next time.”