A SOUTH Ribble school is on top form after being praised by government watchdogs for the rate at which pupils scale the academic ladder.
Penwortham Girls’ High has been awarded the highest grade possible from the Office for Standards in Education under tough new benchmarks and is now officially outstanding.
The glowing report gave the school full marks in every category, commenting on the “consistently high quality” of teaching and noting that “staff are as concerned for students’ personal well-being as they are about their academic success.”
The school was graded Good after the last inspection but the latest report said Ofsted was impressed with pupils achievement stating : “The progress of students in English, mathematics and science anda wide range of other subjects has improved rapidly and is outstanding. Attainment is significantly above average by the end of Year 11.”
Pupils were applauded for their enthusiasm for school and behaviour was singled out for praise. The inspectors said: “Students are very courteous, considerate and polite to each other and to adults
Headteacher Karen Pomeroy said: ‘This is much deserved recognition for all the hard work that has taken place at the school in recent years.
“We were given an exceptionally positive report with very little notice and this is testimony to the hard work and dedication of both staff and pupils which routinely takes place; I’m so proud of everyone in our school community for what we have achieved.”
Chairman of governors Lorimer Russell-Hayes added: “Consistently outstanding progress by all, combined with a caring and supportive environment doesn’t happen by accident.
“It is the result of a committed and hardworking staff, led by an inspirational headteacher and a highly talented senior leadership team.
“PGHS fully deserves outstanding status and we are proud to lead the only non-selective community girls’ school in Lancashire.”