Gold star for Lancashire school slammed by Ofsted

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A pioneering school which was branded inadequate by education watchdogs, has risen phoenix-like to climb out of special measure.

Lostock Hall Academy was one of South Ribble’s first specialists schools, academies and outstanding schools.

But it was stripped of it’s top class status following a visit by inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education after a dip in GCSE results in 2012 and officially declared inadequate.

Now 14 months later after it’s latest monitoring inspection, the lead inspector was so impressed with the rise in standards the Todd Lane North facility has been officially declared a good school.

In their report the inspectors said the commitment and dedication of the school’s teaching staff resulted in the HMI reporting that: “Teachers’ subject knowledge is strong”, “marking is of a generally high quality” and that “teachers and support staff work hard to meet the needs of their students by providing engaging and varied activities that build sequentially and promote their understanding.”

Achievement is good and attainment is above the national level in most subjects. Students make good progress from their relative starting points; their progress in English has strengthened markedly.”

Headteacher Gig Brimelow said: “ It is relatively unusual for a school to make such rapid improvement out of a category, which makes the overall ‘Good’ judgement even more special.”

She added: “The full inspection report is a joy to read, as it reflects all the wonderful things happening at Lostock Hall Academy, as well as the dedication and commitment of staff and governors to bring about the improvements identified in the October 2013 inspection report.”

Staff, governors, pupils and parents are already planning the route back to becoming an outstanding school.