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Fulwood Academy turnaround as Ofsted rate school as good

Posted on - 24th July, 2023 - 7:13pm | Author - | Posted in - Cadley, Education, Fulwood, Preston News, Schools
Entrance to Fulwood Academy in Black Bull Lane Pic: Google
Entrance to Fulwood Academy in Black Bull Lane Pic: Google

A Preston school which has regularly been subject to poor Ofsted ratings is heralding a turnaround.

Fulwood Academy in Black Bull Lane has achieved a ‘good’ rating from the school inspectors.

This is the first time the school, which became an academy in 2009, has achieved the rating of good.

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Ofsted gave the rating following a visit in June this year.

Previous inspections had ranked the school as requires improvement (2021) and inadequate (2019) – and the Academy was receiving monitoring visits from Ofsted twice-a-year due to concerns over its environment and teaching.

Fulwood Academy is has been operated by Dunstone Academy Trust and has faced a rapid turnover of staff at all levels in recent years.

Andrew Galbraith is credited with turning around Fulwood Academy

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Principal Andrew Galbraith who took on the role in June last year has been pointed to as introducing an excellent pastoral system and driving ‘positive change in the school’.

He said: “The ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted is a testament to the hard work and determination of our students, staff, and the wider school community.

“Together, we have strived to create an inclusive and respectful environment that fosters academic excellence and personal growth.”

The Ofsted report praised the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as its support for pupils with SEN (special education needs).

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