'I was ecstatic when I heard'

6th July 2001 at 01:00
ALL Saints primary in Appley Bridge, Wigan, was one school that delighted inspectors with its swift progress.

When the Office for Standards in Education pronounced All Saints a failing school in March 2000, staff and parents were devastated.

So there was all-round jubilation when they were given a clean bill of health in May, after just one year.

Headteacher Jane Phythian took over after the school was put in special measures. She said: "I was ecstatic when I heard. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. We had put in all that hard work and it paid off."

Ms Phythian puts the school's rapid improvement down to the sheer dedication of the staff - and incredible teamwork from the parents, staff and governors.

All Saints has 160 pupils, mostly from well-off homes. Twenty-one are diagnosed with special needs, and only 7 per cent of the children are eligible for free school meals.

The school had failed partly on leadership and management. Inspectors also found that teachers did not have high expectations of pupils and that the children were not academically challenged.

But in just over a year school inspectors found a marked improvement in leadership and management, in the children's attainment levels, and in the breadth and depth of the curriculum.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today