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Burnley 'superschool' out of special measures
A 'SUPER school' rapped by Ofsted is now out of special measures.
The school has been told that while it still requires improvement, the quality of its teaching is now good.
Staff at Blessed Trinity RC College, in Ormerod Road, Burnley, have been working hard to raise expectations there since it was deemed inadequate in 2011.
After an inspection by the independent body Ofsted last month, the high school has now received the news that it is no longer in special measures.
Richard Varey, headteacher at Blessed Trinity since April 2012, said he was very proud of the school’s achievements but that the team there had aspirations to become an outstanding place to learn.
He said: “We have been very positive about working with parents, pupils and staff. “We engaged with them and asked them what they wanted us to do and they said they wanted a school where pupils behaved better.”
The school was put in special measures in 2011 because inspectors found it failed “to give its students an acceptable standard of education”.
Mr Varey said that since then the percentage of teaching that was graded as good or better had risen from 34 per cent to 72 per cent.
He added that rules had become tighter and a small group of students had been suspended.
Mr Varey said: “We have been stricter and there have been more sanctions but we have coupled it with a positive approach.
“Around two-thirds of our pupils have a positive star which they receive when they have collected merits.
“The teachers have also been working very, very hard. “People have been inspired and want to move the school on.
“Our target was never to get out of special measures, it is to be an outstanding school and this is just one step.
“We are well on our way and we are going to get our best results this year.”
From September, a new curriculum is to be started at Blessed Trinity to support children of different abilities and encourage the brightest students to reach their full potentials.