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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Millom School celebrates its glowing Ofsted report

A SCHOOL is celebrating after maintaining its high standard in a recent Ofsted inspection.

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pride Head of school Simon Laheney celebrating Millom School’s positive Ofsted report with pupils (from left) Aimee Hughes, Melissa Fletcher, Jack Hoy, Sophie Leece and Lewis Dixon JON GRANGER REF: 50063470B000

Millom School, in Salthouse Road, received “good” in all categories, just six years after it was placed in “special measures.”

Staff at the school have said they are “delighted” with the result, which is the same as its previous Ofsted assessment.

The inspection took place over a period of two days, from April 30 to May 1.

Inspectors observed teaching in a range of subjects and year groups. A total of 22 teachers were seen during the inspection.

The Ofsted team carried out a detailed scrutiny of year 10 and 11 students’ English and mathematics work and a random sample of work from other departments.

As well as awarding the school a result of “good” across the board, Ofsted commended staff at the school for their relationships with the pupils.

The report said: “Exceptionally good relationships provide a positive climate for learning. Teachers know the students extremely well and help them gain in confidence and make good progress.”

Leaders at the school were also praised for their “capacity to sustain improvement” and teaching was described as “lively and motivating.”

Achievement and GCSE results were categorised as “good”, with the “most able students making particularly good progress.”

Staff at the school were thrilled with the feedback.

Head of school Simon Laheney said: “Education at Millom School has been, and continues to be, a real team effort and I would like to mention all those staff, governors and volunteers who are not always visible, who work hard behind the scenes and who keep the whole operation well administered, clean, maintained, fed, viable and legal.

“I hope that everyone reading this report shares in the same sense of pride that I and the staff do. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

Executive headteacher Ian Smith oversees both Millom School and St Benedict’s Catholic High School, in Whitehaven.

He said: “The Ofsted report fully supports our view that Millom School is a great school whichever way you look at it.”

He added: “We have worked very hard and continue to be an inclusive school – one where all students, regardless of ability and background can shine. Millom has a school to be proud of.”

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