Colne secondary school given ‘good’ rating

St John Fisher & Thomas More High School.

St John Fisher & Thomas More High School.

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A Colne secondary school has maintained its “good” status after an Ofsted inspection.

And the good news at Fisher More RC High School was doubled after a Salford Diocese inspection rating the school as “good with outstanding elements”.

Ofsted praised the school’s leadership team, the quality of teaching and pupils’ behaviour and progress. Its caring and inclusive nature was noted and the vision of leaders to continually improve children’s education and opportunities was also given the thumbs up.

Suggestions on further improvements included closing remaining gaps in attendance and progress between disadvantaged pupils and their peers and strengthening communication with parents and carers.

Headteacher Clare Hayes said: “All the staff, pupils and governors are delighted with the outcomes in both reports as these clearly recognise the many strengths in the school and the hard work and effort that have achieved them.

“The school has moved on a long way since its last inspections and is now on its way to outstanding. Both reports are a real credit to all who support, work or study at the school.

“So far, Fisher More is the only school in Lancashire to have a one day inspection, such is its strength.

“In all key areas of both inspections it has been judged at least good. We feel as a school that it is something to shout from the rooftops and truly celebrate.

“This is an amazing school and I am immensely proud of what we all achieved. Thanks go to the governors, staff, pupils and parents that all contribute in their own way to making Fisher More the great school it is.”