Montgomery High School
Blackpool, United Kingdom
About Montgomery High School
Montgomery High School is a co-educational, (11-16) Academy High School, which has risen in size from 850 to 1450 over the past 2 decades. We have sustained our popularity despite the demographic reduction in North Blackpool through the quality of our offer and outcomes and by never being complacent about the quality of service we provide. We are highly motivated by this continuing confidence of our local community in the job which we do.
Our School Community and its Environment
Montgomery is an inclusive, caring community, where people will always be at the heart of the school. Relationships between all stakeholder groups are excellent and founded on mutual respect and staff are brilliantly supportive of both students and colleagues. We recognise and attend to the emotional needs of our school community.
A series of capital programmes have enhanced learning accommodation and general facilities e.g. toilets as the school has grown in size and developed its community Full Service Extended role. Our next focus for modernisation encompasses sport and Science facilities.
Partnerships at Montgomery
The school ethos and vision welcomes and thrives on partnerships. We are active partners with Blackpool Health Professionals in the Q.A. Centre, as well as Family Support Services and CAMHS. Our Trust supports us in taking these and other partnerships to new levels.
Partnerships bring our students and staff enhanced learning opportunities. For these reasons we (among many other collaborations) became:
i. A specialist Language College in 1997
ii. A Beacon School from 2002 – 2005
iii. The Lead School in Blackpool’s Networked Learning Community 2002 – 2006, (NCSL)
iv. Blackpool’s Full Service Extended School in 2003
v. An Early Adopter Trust School in 2007
vi. A leader in Diploma delivery from 2009
vii. Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance from November 2011
viii. RSC Hub School 2013-16
ix. RFU ‘All Schools’ Programme (2013 -16)
x. Merger into the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (October 2014)
We have also worked in close partnership with the DfE, Universities and other partners and commit to collaboration unreservedly to improve learning experiences for our young people. This is exemplified by the views of a parent who stated, ‘I am very pleased with the progress my child has made since she has started High School. She feels safe and happy at school. I would recommend Montgomery to other families.’
Specialist Subject: Modern Foreign Languages
We want learning in Modern Foreign Languages to bring greater connectivity with the outside world. We have rekindled a strong sense of internationalism in school designed to develop learners who are confident in speaking and listening, so that they become increasingly confident communicators, as they re-visit established theme areas at the heart of languages learning and teaching. Simulating European and world-wide culture and real-life situations strongly reinforces learning experiences. Equally, we believe that frequent, systematic opportunities for young people to communicate with their counterparts overseas (e.g. Spain, Germany, France and Japan) is very important. The quality of our work in this area was recognised by the International Schools’ Award in July 2010 and 2013. In 2013 we were also awarded Lefevre Trust Award and British Council ‘Connecting Classrooms’ grants in recognition of our work to enrich language learning and in 2014 students and staff travelled around the world.
Every Child Matters – Sport and Health
Montgomery High School is a ‘Healthy School’ and is committed to the development of all aspects of health, as well as a robust strategy for teaching sport and P.E. Our approach to sport is to encourage maximum participation, as well as to engage in competition within and beyond school. Our approach to health is the same – to embrace all aspects of our community’s health – whether it be physical, mental, sexual or emotional, through our work as a Full Service Extended School.
SEND and Inclusion
At Montgomery High School we actively embrace inclusion. We value all our students and make the teaching and learning, achievement, attitudes and well being of every young person really matter. This includes the removal of barriers to learning and participation, and the promotion of tolerance and understanding.
We currently meet a range of diverse needs and are well aware that all our students are individuals, and we are constantly striving to develop our understanding and awareness of needs and difficulties. We change and adapt our provision for any student who wishes to be part of our school and provide many different forms of support in order to facilitate this, including enlarged resources and specialist equipment for visually impaired students; emotional, social and academic support for students with ASD, in class support and individual withdrawal sessions.
All students have equal access to the full range of curriculum offered by the school at each Key Stage. Successive Ofsted reports have praised our work with vulnerable students most highly. Students with SEND engage in the activities of the school alongside their contemporaries. Tutor groups are mixed ability groupings where students experience personal and social education together. Students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities participate fully in the life of the school, hold the position of Prefect and/or Student Leader, are members of the Student Council and are fully included on school educational visits if they wish to participate.
Montgomery converted to Academy Status on April 1st, 2012.
The Academy Trust works to enrich the learning, health and well-being of all students, with the prime focus of raising achievement. Further key aims are to improve the life chances of all young people within our community, raise aspirations and develop effective and compassionate global citizens. As part of this, the Academy also works to enhance the health and well-being of the wider community of Blackpool.
Merger into the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT)
The purpose of this proposed merger is to accelerate school improvement by building upon the strong relationships already in existence between Montgomery and the schools within FCAT. This merger will enable us to build upon Montgomery’s strengths and traditions and to improve more rapidly. FCAT have consistently expressed high regard for many aspects of the school’s work over a long period of time and have a clear understanding of our community and our drive for school improvement.