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Burnley school goes from ‘special measures’ to ‘good’

Blessed Trinity RC College pupils Morgan Squire, Nicola Toms, Luke Hutton and Danielle Baxter celebrate the school's good Ofsted report (s)

Blessed Trinity RC College pupils Morgan Squire, Nicola Toms, Luke Hutton and Danielle Baxter celebrate the school's good Ofsted report (s)

A Burnley secondary school which was put into special measures two years ago has turned around its fortunes to receive a good rating from inspectors.

Staff and pupils at Blessed Trinity RC College, in Ormerod Road, are celebrating after Ofsted praised the improvements.

Achievement in English was said to be outstanding, while teaching was highlighted as being good across the board. The report said: “Leaders have meticulously raised standards across the college at a rate which demonstrates rapid development. The relatively new headteacher has been supported well by governors and has been fundamental in driving the improvements seen.”

Delighted headteacher Mr Richard Varey, who took the helm in 2012 and was credited with being the driving force behind the improvements, said Blessed Trinity’s success had been the result of a team effort.

“I am extremely pleased with the praise and comments Ofsted made about Blessed Trinity,” he said.

“We know it is a good school – and on its way to being an outstanding school – and Ofsted saw the fruit of the last two year’s hard work by the governors, staff and the pupils.

“We have shown that students don’t have to go out of Burnley to get the best education as has happened previously.”

Inspectors said of the school, which is now oversubscribed: “Students make good progress from their individual starting points and leave Year 11 with standards that are broadly average and rising rapidly. “Attainment has risen rapidly over the last two years and is set to rise further. “Inspection evidence supports the colleges view that the progress students have made this year is continuing to improve. The proportion of students who left the college last year with five A*-C grades, including English and mathematics, was much higher than in recent years and overall attainment is now much closer to the national average.”

Teaching was said to be strong throughout the school with pupils speaking highly of staff.

The behaviour of young people at the school was praised and inspectors said they were extremely smartly dressed.

Inspectors said Mr Varey had played a key role in turning the school around.

“The headteacher’s strong drive and purposeful vision have already resulted in a school community that is solidly behind the drive to make the improvements that are needed. Out of the parents who responded to Parent View, 95% agree that the school is well led and managed and that they would also recommend the school to others.”

 

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