Ladybridge High School
Bolton, United Kingdom
About Ladybridge High School
Bolton’s Ladybridge High School was established in 1969 as a grammar school and a secondary modern school on the same site. Then called the Deane School, it became a comprehensive with students split into two forms. A school farm was introduced in 1970 to give pupils from its largely urban catchment area experience with animals. This has become a haven for rare and endangered species, including Pygmy Goats and Pot-bellied pigs. In the early 2000s the Deane School was put into special measures by Ofsted because of several poor inspections. In 2004 it was reopened as part of the 'Fresh Start' programme, renamed Ladybridge High School and incorporated into the Brook Learning Partnership - a partnership with ten other Bolton schools. Ladybridge High School now contains 866 pupils.
Values and Vision
The school’s mantra is: “If it isn’t good enough for our own children, then it isn’t good enough for Ladybridge children either”. Children are expected to show the highest standards in achievement, conduct, appearance and manners. The ethos is focused on family and togetherness. Parents and the wider community are treated as partners. Attendance is a strong priority and it has sat above the national average for years.
“Senior leaders know the school very well. They are ambitious for pupils and have high aspirations for the future. Their evaluation of the school is well informed and honest, and allows them to identify priorities for further improvement. They are determined that this will happen. Their success so far is a positive indicator for the future. Governors are rigorous in holding leaders to account. They have managed the recent change of headteacher effectively so that the school has continued to offer a good quality of education.”