Troubled school wins award

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A school has received an award for its efforts in preparing students for work just weeks after the publication of a damning Ofsted report.

Montgomery High School, Bispam, has been awarded IAG Gold Standard in recognition of its careers information and advice.

The award is available to all organisations which work with youngsters, including schools, colleges and voluntary groups and is awarded in conjunction with Lancashire County Council

Headteacher Simon Brennand said: “We are very proud of this achievement which externally validates the quality of our work to support students to make career choices and to learn about the world of work.”

Karen O’Donoghue, Chief Executive at The Via Partnership awarded the school and president of the Career Development Institute, said: “This is an excellent achievement for Montgomery High School, which has demonstrated its commitment to providing solid careers support to their students, helping them make the best informed decisions when they leave school.

“We were delighted to support the staff through the process in our mentoring and assessing capacity and are pleased their dedication has resulted in this prestigious award.”

The award comes on the heels of an Ofsted report which found that school records more than a quarter of the 90 teachers at the school were “not good enough”.

The statistic was highlighted by Ofsted inspectors who visited the Academy in September, following an earlier inspection which found the school to be “inadequate” and requiring “special measures”.

The academy on All Hallows Road, Bispham, was first visited by Ofsted in early May.

This summer, 53 per cent of pupils achieved at least five GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths.

Just two years previous the school recorded its best ever results as 72 per cent achieved at least five GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths.

Now education bosses have said while the report is “disappointing”, work is underway to address issues raised, including professional development for the school’s staff.

Since the original inspection in May nine teachers have left and another nine have been brought in, and the school’s governing body has been dissolved.