Tarleton Academy has made rapid improvements in the last three years

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Outstanding leadership and management have proved a class act for a popular school.

For according to government inspectors, Tarleton Academy has made such “rapid and sustained development” over the last three years it within a whisker of getting an overall outstanding judgement under the tough new inspection criteria.

After it’s first inspection since converting to an academy in 2012, the Hesketh Lane school was officially declared a good school by the Office for Standards in Education.

Inspectors said: “Leadership and management are outstanding. The headteacher, with the support of the governing body and senior leaders has taken decisive action to improve standards of teaching, the achievement of students and their attitudes to learning.”

Ofsted inspectors were also impressed with the pupils’ attitudes to learning adding: “From their broadly average starting points students make good progress. By Year 11, standards in GCSE are typically above average.”

Good and sometimes outstanding teaching means that students make good progress, especially in English and, in 2013, in mathematics.

Headteacher Lesley Gwinnett, who took over the reins in September 2011, said: “Over the last three years there has been significant advancement in many key areas including leadership at senior and middle level, standards of teaching and learning, the now excellent behaviour of students and the fantastic progress they are subsequently making.

“There were a number of crucial ‘legacy’ issues to address but we are now confident that on a day to day basis we are a thriving, enthusiastic, skilled and committed staff who enjoy really positive and fruitful relationships and outcomes with our students, their families and the wider community.

“With the high calibre of students of all abilities that we have at the school, this is as it should be.”

Parents comments about the school were very positive and chairman of governors, Mrs Helen Dicker, who has had three children at the school, with another a current student, said: “The changes in the school over the last three years have been astounding and I am delighted that the current generation of children in the school are reaping the rewards of all the hard work that has gone into making it such a superb environment in which to learn and develop as happy, well rounded young people.”