A HIGH school has been ordered to improve after its latest inspection.

Lowton CE High School on Newton Road was given an overall score of "requires improvement" after a visit by education regulator Ofsted.

Inspectors found the school needs to improve its leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment along with its outcomes for pupils.

The report said: "Despite improvements across the school, leaders have been unable to secure a consistently good quality of education for pupils.

"Weaknesses in some aspects of leadership have hampered the pace of improvement.

"Leaders have made several changes to improve teaching since the previous inspection.

"These actions have raised the quality of teaching in many subjects.

"However, the quality of teaching is not consistently good across subjects and year groups."

There were some positive aspects noted in the inspection, which was carried out on June 25 and 26 and published on September 10.

The school's personal development, behaviour and welfare was ranked as "good".

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The report stated: "Leaders’ assessment information and work in pupils’ books show that the progress made by current pupils is improving. This is especially the case in mathematics.

"The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good.

"All pupils, but particularly disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), receive help and support to prepare them for further education, employment or training.

Head teacher Julian Pollard expressed his "frustration" with the findings in the report.

He said: "We are frustrated with the report.

"We have made quite a significant improvement in our GCSE results this summer - which we were delighted with.

"We got the best possible results of what we told Ofsted we were going to get.

"We have done a lot of really strong work and we are dealing with the issues raised."