Montgomery High School, Blackpool

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Montgomery High School
All Hallows Road

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FounderField Marshal Montgomery
Department for Education URN137973 Tables
Executive PrincipalMr Sean Bullen
PrincipalMr Stephen Careless
Age11 to 16
Colour(s)Maroon and gunpowder black

Montgomery High School is a secondary school with academy status in Bispham, Blackpool.

Academic performance[edit]

The school holds Specialist Language College status and is a Beacon school.[1]

In February 2001, the Times Educational Supplement listed Montgomery in a group of schools that had received outstanding inspection reports or achieved sustained excellent GCSE results.[2]

In September 2005 it was notable for being awarded 'outstanding' assessments by Ofsted in the following key areas:

  • How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?
  • How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?
  • How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?
  • How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?[1]

In 2014, Montgomery was placed in special measures. Ofsted rated it inadequate in all four areas of effectiveness: achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.[3]

Whilst its special measures status has since been lifted, Montgomery remains an Ofsted rated inadequate school.

In early April, 2019, the Drama department of the school performed the musical "Grease". Students in rehearsals worked extremely hard and performed exceptionally well. Props to Mr Heyes, Head of Department.

Parliamentary congratulations[edit]

Joan Humble and Stephen Twigg congratulated the school for its achievements in the House of Commons on 20 January 2005[4] and the school was then visited by the Secretary of State for Education Ruth Kelly.[5]


Montgomery has been selected to take part in the Human Scale Schools project operating in collaboration with the Gulbenkian Foundation.[6]

The school ran a survey on cycle usage on behalf of the Department for Transport.[7]


In 2003/4 the football team won the Harry Johnson Trophy (named after the former Blackpool player) with a 3-0 victory coming over neighbours Millfield. The team also took home the Lancashire Cup with a 3-1 victory in the final.[citation needed]

The 2004/5 football team reached the final of the National Cup, before being defeated 3-0 in the final at Selhurst Park.[citation needed]

Stephanie Findlay played football for Blackpool Ladies whilst at the school and then was selected for the soccer roster at Webber International University in Florida, USA. It is very rare for someone to move from a UK school to a USA university on a sports scholarship.[8]

2016 Gun Threat[edit]

In January 2016, the school's Facebook page received a threat from an alleged pupil of a gun incident on Monday, January 4, 2016.[9] On 20 April 2016, Blackpool police extended the police bail of the only suspect in the threats for a further 5 weeks after the initial 15 weeks intensive investigation revealed nothing of substance. On 13 May 2016, Blackpool police issued a Notice of No Further Action to the man previously arrested in connection with the alleged threats purported to have been made against the school's pupils.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Montgomery High School - A Language College and Beacon School"[permanent dead link], Ofsted, September 2005
  2. ^ "OFSTED annual report: the 'outstanding schools'" Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, Times Educational Supplement, 7 February 2001
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  4. ^ Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills - Foreign Languages", Hansard
  5. ^ "Education Minister Backs Headteacher' Policies On Discipline In Schools" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine, Blackpool Gazette, 2 February 2005
  6. ^ "Secondary Schools Project: Human Scale Schools", Human Scale Education, 2005
  7. ^ "Cycling Project Fund" Archived 2008-07-28 at the UK Government Web Archive, Department for Transport
  8. ^ "2006-07 Women's Soccer Roster", WIU Warriors
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  10. ^ "Tune in for Hayley". Blackpool Gazette. 5 January 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2007.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Gazette. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°51′20″N 3°02′17″W / 53.85554°N 3.03796°W / 53.85554; -3.03796