Lessons learnt

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson
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Dark clouds casting a shadow over the Leyland schools criticised by Ofsted are finally starting to lift.

Four schools in the town have been censuredby the education watchdog for poor teaching over the last 15 months, but are now all being praised for their efforts to break away from the dreaded ‘inadequate’ labels.

Wellfield Business and Enterprise College is the only high school to have been placed into special measures, while Leyland Methodist Junior School and St Catherine’s RC Primary School have also been subject to numerous monitoring inspections since being put into special measures last year.

Farington Primary School was judged to require improvement following an Ofsted visit in April.

All of the failing schools are now making progress towards the removal of special measures, and Farington is on the right path to securing the necessary improvements needed to get it up to a ‘good’ standard.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I am delighted at the progress being made by these schools and I think it reflects extremely well on everyone involved – the staff and school leadership teams, their advisers and consultants, and not least the pupils and their parents.”

- See this week’s Leyland Guardian for our special coverage on the four schools.