STAFF and pupils at the Maharishi School have been celebrating after being named the top secondary school in the borough by Lancashire Live's Real Schools Guide 2020.
The school, whose primary phase is based in Lathom and secondary phase is in Skelmersdale, has been named the top secondary school in West Lancashire by the guide.
Lancashire Live's Real Schools Guide 2020 aims to give a more comprehensive picture than traditional league tables and takes into account 51 different data points, including teacher to pupil ratios, attainment and progress at GCSE and pupil destinations after leaving secondary school.
It is another accolade for the school, which was second in the county and in the top 1.8% of schools nationally, for its Progress 8 score in 2019.
Headteacher Lisa Edwards, is justifiably proud of the achievements of the school. She said: “Maharishi School is a truly special place. Our staff, pupils and parents are amazing.
“I am so proud of every single member of our school community - we are a true team where everybody’s contribution to the school is valued.”
Maharishi School is a ‘through-school’ where children can join at the age of 4 or 5 and continue through to year 11, as primary pupils are guaranteed a place at the secondary phase.
She added: “The staff and pupils at Maharishi School worked hard to maintain a sense of normality throughout the recent school closure with twice daily online TM sessions for staff, pupils and parents; a daily lesson schedule and a weekly online social events for primary pupils; daily live online lessons for secondary pupils; and specially adapted songs dedicated to the pupils at Maharishi School which were shared on the school’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
“In recent months, the school also filled its social media pages with videos and pictures of the lockdown experiences of its pupils: from learning to ride a bike without stabilisers and creative den building to sewing and cooking projects!”
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