Ulverston school comes out of special measures
Last updated at 12:00, Monday, 23 March 2009
In October 2007, government inspectors judged Ulverston Victoria High School as being inadequate. But UVHS has shown constant improvement and staff and pupils have helped turn its fortunes around during the last 16 months.
Ofsted inspectors deemed that UVHS no longer required special measures during a full inspection last week.
Sue Hewson, an assistant headteacher at the Springfield Road secondary, said: “Our students are fantastic and played a significant role in the success of this inspection.
“We are delighted with the improvements in personal development and well-being and care, guidance and support which were acknowledged in the report.
“The school has worked hard to integrate support services for our students to enhance their learning and the development of the whole child, and this too was recognised by Ofsted.”
Ofsted highlighted the hard work of staff and students under the inspirational leadership of acting head, Denis Fay, who was seconded from Dowdales School, Dalton.
The report says: “Ulverston Victoria High School has improved rapidly under the sure-footed leadership of the acting headteacher. It is now a satisfactory school and has many good features.
“There is a positive ethos among staff and students, evident in a keenness to contribute to realising high ambitions for the school. Students, parents, staff, governors and members of the local community recognise that the school has changed for the better.”
Mr Fay is described as “providing extremely good leadership” and the senior team has “effected significant improvements in the school’s provision and carried staff at all levels with them.”
UVHS aims to become outstanding, and Ofsted said: “The extent of improvements effected in a short time, the strength of the senior leadership team, and the commitment of staff at all levels show the school is well placed to continue improving.”
Roger Cahalin, an assistant headteacher, said all at UVHS had worked tremendously hard together, and they are delighted with the news.
But Mr Cahalin said: “The school has no intention of being complacent and firmly has its focus set on becoming an outstanding school. UVHS certainly has the potential to do this and staff are already working hard towards that outcome.
Inspectors noted improved 2008 GCSEs, which were securely above average on several fronts, notably the percentage of students earning five good passes including English and maths.
UVHS has just had its 2008 exam performance rewarded by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust by being given ‘high performing’ status.
The report said: “They want their school to be successful and to be part of the improvement.”
Wendy Allen, an assistant headteacher, said UVHS is extremely grateful for the support it has received from the local authority, Barrow
Excellence Cluster Partnership, the South Lakes Federation, colleagues from Dowdales School, Thorncliffe School and The Queen Katherine School, Kendal.
First published at 11:41, Friday, 20 March 2009
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Two towns, two schools both of which have made fantastic progress.
One is staying open and building on this progress the other is being closed down so the kids will have to start all over again.
Am I the only one who thinks this is crazy?
I'm really glad it has come out of special measures, more for the pupils than anything else.
In my years as a pupil at UVHS I found it to be a huge waste of my time. I learnt little, the teaching was substandard and they always had another way of getting money out of us.
I can only pray that the snobbery and arrogance that many of the teachers have has gone.
I also hope that they actually get things done now, instead of threatening to do things and never even thinking of doing it.
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