Headteacher's Welcome - Mr Stephen Careless
I am extremely proud to introduce myself as the headteacher of Montgomery Academy. It is my pleasure to work at a school with such fantastic students and a brilliant staff.
Montgomery has been serving it’s community since 1959 and we celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2019. We have a proud tradition of both sporting and academic success and we dominate the local sporting competitions. Montgomery is the largest 11-16 secondary in Blackpool which means that we have more space and facilities. We also used our numbers to our advantage when we broke the World Record for the most people doing the ‘Floss’ dance simultaneously in 2019. We still hold the record!
At Montgomery Academy we have a reading rich curriculum that blends traditional academic subjects with the vocational opportunities that Blackpool excels in such as travel, childcare, catering, enterprise and entertainment. Across their five years students study the full National Curriculum enriched with community based opportunities to complement their academic education.
We want all within our Montgomery family to be happy, confident young learners that get the best out of the opportunities that we provide. Therefore, we ask them all to be SMART in both their behaviour and attitudes. SMART stands for Safe, Mature, Ambitious, Respectful and Thoughtful. We teach our students how to be Safe within our PSHE programme which includes work on Relationships, Positive Mental Health and internet safety. We expect students to be Respectful and Thoughtful so we were very proud to be the first school in the town to achieve the Blackpool Beating Bullying Charter Mark, for the great work of our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Students develop their Maturity in areas such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and we want them to be ambitious and set their goals high.
Our standards of achievement are improving year on year and are built on high quality teaching and learning. In all lessons our teaching staff plan to EXCEL. EXCEL stands for Entry Task, Excellent Relationships, Challenge and Support, Effective modelling/explanations/questioning and Learning over time. We were due to be visited by OFSTED in 2020 just as lockdown began and are confident that we are now a GOOD school, building upon our extremely positive report in May 2019 which is available on our website.
Opportunities abound in a student’s 5 years at Montgomery. I know that the current restrictions are limiting educational trips at the moment, but in the last few years our students have travelled to Paris, London, Holland and before the lockdown were due to go to Barcelona on a sports tour.
There is a spirit and togetherness in our staff that not all schools have and nevermore was this demonstrated during the first lockdown, last March. We were open for children of keyworkers and vulnerable students throughout, including over Easter and half-term. We organised food parcels at the start for our FSM families and then we were one of the first schools to utilise the National voucher scheme. Montgomery also delivered food parcels to those most in need in the local community and wrote positive messages for residents of local care homes. We reopened fully in September and are currently running 5 separate schools in one. This has big positives for the new year 7 as they now have their own block for all their lessons, their own breaks & lunches and their own toilets. When Covid restrictions do finally end, we are considering using this model going forward.
Montgomery’s good reputation continues to grow, though we will never stop looking to improve the provision for our young people further. We have invested heavily in new facilities over recent years. In the last 12 months, we have completed a £600,000 total refurbishment of our Science block, bought 120 new PCs, 90 chromebooks and developed one of our classrooms into a 72-seater lecture theatre. However, what makes Montgomery special is the people that walk around it. In our Montgomery Family of students, parents and our superb team of staff we all work hard to ‘Inspire Excellence Together’.
Don’t take my word for it though, watch the ‘Virtual Open Event 2020 for Year 7 admissions 2020’ videos available via this link here and listen to some of our Montgomery Family tell you about what we do and how we work. Consider if you would want your child to show that same maturity, independence and confidence? You may not be getting the full Open Evening experience this year, but please contact us if you would like to ask us any questions and we will make sure the best person to answer them calls you back. For example, you may want to find out more about how our excellent Student Support Centre could support your son or daughter with any specific learning needs that they may have.
We hope these videos help you make the right choice for your child and that you decide to join our Montgomery Family.