Moor End Technology College has specialist status. Reporter HAZEL ETTIENNE looks behind the scenes at the Crosland Moor school
STUDENTS have a voice at Moor End Technology College.
This Crosland Moor school is proud of the way pupils are involved in its decision-making.
Its aptly-named student council, Student Voice, plays an important role in how the school is run.
A successful Ofsted inspection two years ago said the school was good with outstanding features, quite an achievement for a school where more than half its 850 pupils do not speak English as their first language.
It is now in the third phase of it being designated as having technology college status and focuses on maths, science and design technology, with ICT linking in to every other subject in the curriculum.
Head teacher Jane Acklam is proud of the way Moor End looks after and guides its students through their five years at the school.
She said: “If they are happy then they want to be here and the learning follows on.
“We are well regarded by the Specialist Schools and Academy Trust, with our strengths being how far students progress with their education in the time they are here and the strength of our leadership team.”
Despite its strengths Moor End is always keen to improve further and is continually striving to do better.
A restructuring of the curriculum is under way with new courses being offered in September.
These will include a BTec in sport and a graphics course.
Pathways around the school are being updated and a bike shed is being created.
A new canopied seating area is also being built, to give students an extra meeting area during breaks and lunchtimes.
Ms Acklam added: “Our students are amazing young people and are some of the most focused and driven I have ever met.
“I am extremely proud to be head teacher here. This community is diverse but self-sufficient.
“All our students have a voice and our school speaks for itself.”