Students and staff praised by inspectors

Pupils from Cardinal Allen Catholic High School are celebrating their recent good with outstanding features Ofsted report
Pupils from Cardinal Allen Catholic High School are celebrating their recent good with outstanding features Ofsted report
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A Fleetwood secondary school is on a high after being commended by inspectors for the work and commitment of both staff and students.

Cardinal Allen Catholic High School, Fleetwood, has been rated good with outstanding features by Ofsted, and told it has “an excellent ability to continue to improve further”.

Headteacher Andrew Cafferkey with pupils from Cardinal Allen Catholic High School are celebrating their recent good with outstanding features Ofsted report

Headteacher Andrew Cafferkey with pupils from Cardinal Allen Catholic High School are celebrating their recent good with outstanding features Ofsted report

In particular, pupils were praised for being “courteous, polite and very enthusiastic about learning”, while their school bosses are said to “provide outstanding leadership”.

It is the second successive good rating for the school, on Melbourne Avenue, but sees an improvement to ratings for leadership and management and behaviour and safety of pupils, and is set against an ever-stringent framework by which inspectors can measure schools.

Executive headteacher Phil Mooney said: “We are all delighted with the judgement, in particular that they picked out that the behaviour of students is outstanding.

“I have aways said that staff at Cardinal Allen are outstanding, putting the interests of the pupils first and now we have the proof that this is the case.”

The report also found:

n A focus on improving teaching and students’ academic and personal development has led to significant improvements;

n Teachers’ excellent subject knowledge is used to ensure lessons interest and engage students;

n Students make consistently good progress; and

n Attendance has improved significantly.

School bosses said they were most delighted with a report note that “the well-being of all students is as highly regarded as their academic success.”

Mr Mooney added: “I am also thrilled for my senior team and governors who have driven this success.

“In particular, Andrew Cafferkey, who has taken over as headteacher recently, has done a brilliant job in steering the school forward.

“We don’t intend to relax; we are committed to further improvement and we are confident that standards will continue to rise.”

Now, in order to be rated outstanding across the board, the school has been advised to provide pupils, in particular those most able, with work that “challenges them to reach their full potential” and ensure they “respond to the written guidance” on their work.