Two Blackpool schools praised by Ofsted inspectors

Marton Primary Academy and Waterloo Primary School have received good ratings from Ofsted
Marton Primary Academy and Waterloo Primary School have received good ratings from Ofsted
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Two Blackpool primary schools have kept their ‘good’ ratings following visits.

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Waterloo Primary Academy in South Shore, and Marton Primary Academy, were both inspected by Ofsted recently.

It is the first visit by the education watchdog at Marton, off Highfield Road, since it became an academy, with headteacher Ruth Coupe telling parents: “I am so proud of the children, the staff, governors, and of our community.”

The visit to Waterloo, in Waterloo Road, was a short one and came four years after it was last judged to be ‘good’, Ofsted’s second best ranking behind ‘outstanding’.

In a letter to headteacher Mark Hamblett, inspector Ahmed Marikar said the ‘good quality of education’ had been kept up. He said: “You leave no stone unturned in your quest to drive forward improvements in teaching and learning and pupils’ behaviour.”

Mr Hamblett said: “Maintaining this judgement is nothing but testament to the incredibly hard work and relentless committment of our pupils, staff, and governors since the last inspection in February 2014.”

To further improve, the school should make sure the attendance of disadvantaged pupils, and their standards in reading, writing and maths, continues to improve, and that gifted pupils are challenged.

Marton, which was praised for its teaching, pupils’ behaviour, and progress in writing and maths, can improve by focusing more on progress in reading, Ofsted said, and to make sure the most able youngsters reach their potential.