St Helens school out of special measures

Lansbury Bridge School
Lansbury Bridge School
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A St Helens school is celebrating a change of fortune after Ofsted inspectors awarded the school a ‘good’ rating on a recent inspection.

The news comes just over 12 months after the school was placed in special measures following an inadequate report back in December 2014.

It’s a great testimony to all the hard work put in by all those involved here at Lansbury Bridge who have played a crucial role in developing our school into a good school

Jane Grecic

Now however, the watchdog has judged the Parr-based special school to be ‘good’ across all aspects.

Ofsted inspectors highlighted the improvement in leadership and management since the previous inspection and praised the headteacher’s ‘strong vision to further improve the school to become outstanding.’

They also commented on the ‘outstanding’ work shown by the school to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare, which is another significant improvement, after inspectors found safeguarding to be inadequate last year.

They said: “Pupils are safe in school. They and their parents also feel that is the case. This is helped by leaders’ taking prompt and effective action when they identify issues which could be a threat to the welfare of pupils.

“Leadership and management of the school has improved markedly since the previous inspection. The headteacher has a strong vision to improve the school to become outstanding, she is supported well by senior leaders, middle leaders and the staff team as a whole.

“This, along with appropriate challenge from governors and the backing of parents, has resulted in a solid base from which to improve further.”

To become an outstanding school, the watchdog has called on teachers to challenge more able pupils to reach even higher standards - and suggested planned activities are matched to the specific needs or interests of pupils to keep their concentration.

Commenting on the quick turnaround, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning Councillor Jeanette Banks said: “The report makes excellent reading and it really reflects the excellent work the staff have put in since December 2014 to move Lansbury Bridge out of special measures.”

Headteacher Jane Grecic put the result down to the sheer hard work and determination of staff, governors and parents to steer the school out of special measures - and is ready for the challenge of leading the school to

further improvement.

She said: “I’m overjoyed with our latest inspection. It’s a great testimony to all the hard work put in by all those involved here at Lansbury Bridge who have played a crucial role in developing our school into a good school.

“We’re very much looking forward to the future and are already looking at ways to further enhance our reputation.”