Morecambe High School rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Morecambe Community High School headteacher John McNaughton.
Morecambe Community High School headteacher John McNaughton.

Staff and pupils at Morecambe Community High School are celebrating after they received a glowing Ofsted report.

The Dallam Road secondary school has been rated as ‘good’ in all aspects by inspectors.

This is an improvement on its January 2011 inspection report which rated the school as ‘satisfactory’.

“Inside the school there was a genuine sense of relief that at long last an improving school had been endorsed by the Ofsted process,” said John McNaughton, head teacher.

“And it was great for the young people and their parents that their faith in this community school and its teachers was also fully endorsed.”

Inspectors visited the school on October 16 and 17 to meet staff and talk to nearly half of its 1,500 pupils.

The report said:

*The majority of students in all year groups make good progress in lessons and learn well in many subjects

*Standards have steadily improved in mathematics, science and history and are in line with national standards

*Teaching, learning and attendance have improved and are good

*All students show respect to others and have good opportunities to discuss and think about current moral issues

*There is a high proportion of outstanding teaching in the sixth form

*The majority of students behave well in lessons and around the school. Poor behaviour in lessons is very rare

*Students feel safe and exceptionally well cared for and feel the school is a strong community and staff are highly committed to helping them to achieve their best

The report said the school should now improve in specific areas in order to become an ‘outstanding’ school.

These areas include a recent decline of standards in English and a few lessons where teaching did not help some students learn as well as the majority.