St Cecilia’s ‘exemplary’ response to Ofsted inspection

St Cecilia's High School, Chapel Hill, Longridge
St Cecilia's High School, Chapel Hill, Longridge
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A government inspector has praised the “exemplary” way a school community has banded together to bring about swift improvements following a previous Ofsted inspection.

More than a year ago St Cecilia’s RC High School, Longridge was judged to “require improvement”, which led to

a number of staff including headteacher Steve Tattersall leaving. An executive headteacher and deputies then worked closely with senior leaders until the end of the summer and the school is now led by acting head, Paul Trickett, who was seconded from another school.

Inspector Sally Kenyon said: “The way the governors, local authority and diocese have collaborated to bring about swift improvements is exemplary. A plethora of support has been provided from a teaching school within the diocese and from a good school also within the diocese. The impact of this support can be seen in the strengthened leadership capacity and clear improvements in the quality of teaching. Governors and senior leaders are overwhelmingly positive about the support they have received. The local authority has undertaken a thorough review of attendance to ensure that all absence is recorded correctly.”

The inspector held meetings with the head, senior leaders and governors to discuss action taken since the previous inspection, but concentrated on speaking to pupils and scrutinising work.

The inspector commented on an improvement in the proportion of students achieving five good GCSEs including English and maths; English remaining strong and maths improving.

Mr Trickett said: “This incredibly successful visit from an inspector, together with the excellent results this year, shows what a good school St Cecilia’s is. The staff work so hard for the success of their pupils and are supportive and caring of them. The future, as they say, is very bright.”

The inspector said the school still needed to strengthen the leadership and management of special educational needs; to ensure all verbal and written feedback told pupils precisely how to improve and to check pupils consistently acted on feedback given to improve their work.