Marton makes it a GOOD with Ofsted

Blackpool’s Marton Primary Academy is celebrating a GOOD from Ofsted, following an inspection in February.

The Whernside school was particularly praised for pupils’ progress in writing and mathematics as well as for the happy, inclusive environment and the support that Marton receives from its sponsor, Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET).

Ruth Coupe, Principal of Marton, has been praised by Ofsted for her drive and determination, with the report observing: “The principal and senior leaders are passionately committed to inspiring all pupils to learn and achieve, focusing strongly on enabling pupils to overcome any barriers to learning.”

In response to the report, Ruth says: “We are absolutely delighted to be officially rated Good overall by Ofsted. We work hard to create a warm, caring environment enabling us to have a real feeling of family here; we know all our pupils very well and even have two therapy dogs. We are really proud of our children and it is testament to them and the fantastic teaching team that we have achieved this rating again.”

Other key comments from Ofsted include:

  • Leaders, governors and trustees are ambitious for the school.
  • Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain, learning about different cultures and the importance of tolerance and kindness.
  • The exciting curriculum reflects the needs and wider interests of pupils.
  • Parents are overwhelmingly satisfied with the work of the school.
  • The behaviour of the pupils is good, bullying is not a problem at the school.
  • There have been particular improvements in science teaching, while the teachers are using assessment well across all subjects.

Dr John Stephens, CEO of BFET, adds: “I am delighted that Ofsted has acknowledged the great work that Marton is doing to provide a good education for the children. The high praise from the inspectors is really good news for the school and for Blackpool as a whole.”

The full version of the report can be viewed at: