Wigan school's national recognition

A secondary school whose recent remarkable results have shot it up the region's league tables has been recognised by Westminster as one of the country's most improved education establishments.

Friday, 5th October 2018, 9:04 am
Updated Friday, 5th October 2018, 10:08 am
Golborne High

Golborne High was one of just 10 learning venues in the whole of the UK to make it into a Parliamentary Review sharing top practice.

The article, which will be presented to the UK’s most important education policymakers, explains how the borough school has become a beacon of excellence encouraging students to aim high and excel in their exams.

After years of GCSE results keeping it distinctly mid-table, the Lowton Road school leapt into the top 15 per cent of schools nationally last year and the data shows it has done even better this time round.

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It is believed to be the first time a school from the borough has ever made it into a Parliamentary Review.

Headteacher Alison Gormally says sharing the way Golborne High has improved recently in such a prestigious publication is a proud moment.

She said: “The Parliamentary Review is a platform that shares best practice across both private and public sectors and influences future Government policy and strategy.“They identify schools that have been on a rapid improvement journey.

“It’s a really good opportunity to celebrate the success and what we have done at Golborne High.

“It’s a real coup for us and for the borough. We work at a national level with a lot organisations and it’s really good to have a local school identified as being at the forefront of educational initiatives.

“It also allows us to speak to the people who make the key decisions about the future direction of travel for education.

“Being nationally recognised as successful is great for the borough.”

The article discusses how Mrs Gormally used rigorous strategic planning and external quality assurance systems to ensure high-quality leadership driving standards up at the school.

The review also discusses the top team at Golborne High bringing about “a large cultural shift among our students, parents and community. Too many stakeholders were prepared to settle for mediocrity.”