Failing in all areas

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School.
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School has been put into special measures after Ofsted inspectors rated that the school was failing in all areas.

Following the inspection on May 21 and 22, the school was judged as inadequate which Ofsted outlines as ‘a school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school’.

Helen Morgan, head teacher of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe school said: “Following the inspection, we are determined to ensure that the positive culture we are so proud of, results in high educational achievement for every student.

“Our Ofsted Report acknowledges that the new leadership of the school is determined to improve the quality of education for all of our students and that we have a clear picture of the school’s strengths and how to tackle the weaknesses identified by inspectors.

“We accept the findings of the inspection team and we will use them to bring about the rapid improvement needed to secure the best possible personal and academic outcomes for each student.

“We have strong support from parents and Governors, who are ambitious for the school, and the positive support from parents is reflected in Ofsted’s Parent View, where over 90 per cent of parents agree that their child is happy at our school and that the school is well led and managed.

“Since September, we have undertaken a root and branch changes to many aspects of school life, including a new timetable and curriculum, and these have been strongly supported by our team of dedicated staff.

“Their support for the new leadership and the changes we have made have given the school a strong sense of purpose and direction.

“As a school that is at the heart of the community, our strongest motivation is to make a real difference to the lives of the young people within our care.”

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School supports over 1,400 young people and became an academy school in 2011.