Congratulations to Golborne High, who impressed Ofsted so much on their recent visit that the school has been judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.
The school, led by Head Teacher Alison Gormally, announed the news to parents today (Wednesday, 1 March 2023).
In an email, she said: “This is the outcome of years of dedication, diligence and commitment from our Governors, staff, associated professionals and you, as parents. We have been driven by a shared vision of creating a beacon of excellence for the children of Golborne and Lowton.
“It is a considerable achievement for a community school to be judged as ‘Outstanding’ and that can only be achieved by a shared drive for excellence from all stakeholders.”
The full report is yet to be published on the Ofsted website – but we have a copy and you can read the highlights or the full report on our site now.
It’s the latest bit of good news for Golborne High, which has recently received confirmation of funding from the Department for Education as part of the Schools Rebuilding Project. It means the school can now choose between a brand new school building, or significant re-build of its current structure, in order to create the very best learning environment for pupils.
Golborne High has become increasingly popular with local families in recent years, thanks to strong GCSE results and a growing reputation. Last year, they were allowed to permanently increase the number of students admitted to the school, in order to cope with local demand. And thanks to funding, including from Section 106 monies from local housebuilding, the school has invested significantly in its buildings and offer in recent years.
It briefly considered forming a multi-academy trust with Winstanley College, but following a public consultation last spring, the plans were dropped.
The school was last inspected by Ofsted in 2020, and at that time, inspectors noted that they felt Golborne High had the potential to be Outstanding, which has now been achieved.
Mrs Gormally added: “It is our greatest achievement as educators that we have created a learning environment in which our children believe that they can be whatever they want to be. There is no ceiling to achievement and our former pupils are role models who have succeeded at the highest level internationally and nationally. We all, as a community, should be proud of what we have achieved for the children of Golborne and Lowton.”
“I have been privileged to work with many, many families over the years and I feel very lucky to lead a school in an area where parents want the very best for their children and support the school in so many ways.”
And she thanked governors, staff, parents and pupils for the part they have played in getting the school to its Outstanding judgement.
She wrote: “I have worked in this locality for 20 years and have always been amazed by the warmth, honesty, humour and dedication of the children from Golborne and Lowton. They are resilient, talented, ambitious and know they deserve the best. The last two years have brought unprecedented challenges to our children and they have continued to smile in the face of adversity. It is my greatest pleasure to work with children who genuinely believe in themselves.”
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