‘Good – and rapidly improving’

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School Ofsted report.'In Science class, from the left, Fern Reader, 12, Chloe Geater, 11, and Jessica Hammond, 12.
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School Ofsted report.'In Science class, from the left, Fern Reader, 12, Chloe Geater, 11, and Jessica Hammond, 12.

HIPPERHOLME and Lightcliffe High School has received a glowing report from Oftsed inspectors.

The school was rated as “good and rapidly-improving” by inspectors when they visited last month.

Inspector John Rutherford said students were making outstanding progress in learning how to make a positive contribution to their school and to the wider community.

“Excellent collaboration with a wide range of external partners enhances the curriculum for students and the provision for their well-being,” he said.

He praised the school’s “outstanding effort” in improving students’ achievement across the curriculum by using the sports specialism and how leaders of all levels at the school are working effectively as a cohosive unit which has seen rapid improvement.

He said standards were rising and they were in line with the national average in 2010 GCSE examinations.

“School records and students’ work indicate that the rate of improvement has accelerated in the current school year,” says the report.

Leaders had high expectations of what students can achieve and additional challenges are provided, improved tutorial arrangements are beginning to make a positive difference and good teaching, curriculum and care means attendance is above average.

The development of vocational learning within the curriculum was one of the areas for improvement at the school which was partly because of the lack of space caused by rising student roll.

However, the school has acquired additional accommodation and intends to expand the offer of vocational courses.

The report adds that the school must also look at using its assessment information more consistently and ensure that the deployment of support assistants promotes independent and collaborative learning for students with special educational needs or disabilities.

Head teacher Anthony Smith said the school was thrilled with the report.

“In particular we are proud of the judgement that our standards make an ‘outstanding contribution’ to school and the community,” he said.

“The report accurately reflects that we are a ‘good and rapidly improving school’. As we develop as a school and extend into the Maltings, we are confident that we will improve even further over the next few years.”