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Headteacher's Welcome

Welcome to Failsworth School. It is a privilege to serve the school as Headteacher. My staff and I truly believe Failsworth School is unique in its care and support for pupils and the quality of learning experiences we can provide.

Our recent Ofsted inspection (May 2016) said "Much of teaching is now good" and "The leadership team, with strong support from the Interim Executive Board (IEB) and the Local Authority, have embedded a clear vision and ambition for the future of Failsworth School."


Ofsted continued by saying "Pupils behave appropriately around the building, where they are unfailingly polite and respectful" and "Pupils who met with inspectors were of the view that in many classes work was now harder, questioning more challenging and the marking and feedback they received more helpful."

Ofsted recognised "The school is popular with the local community. It is oversubscribed and the great majority of parents and carers who completed a school parental survey were supportive of the school and its leadership."

The central focus at Failsworth School is the achievement of our pupils. This is not solely defined by academic standards as we recognise that achievement will take many forms depending on the individual potential, interests and talents of each young person. We want all pupils to fulfil their ambitions whether they be academic, musical, sporting or creative. We believe a rich and varied curriculum is important to shaping a young person’s potential.

Please take a look around our website which contains a lot of useful information about the school. I do hope you find our school website useful. However good a website can be, there is no substitute for experiencing the real ethos of a school. The atmosphere in this school is aspirational, warm, friendly, secure, and purposeful to support learning.

Please do contact the school if you need any further information.

Phill Quirk


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