Cultural harmony is a feature at improving high school

Ofsted at Halifax High. Drama students.

Ofsted at Halifax High. Drama students.

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A SECONDARY school labelled outstanding four years ago, now provides a satisfactory standard of education, according to Ofsted.

The change is due to staffing changes which eventually led to the appointment of Jackie Nellis as the head of Halifax High in April last year.

“She leads the school extremely well, with good support from a newly formed senior leadership team.

“Her commitment and determination to raise standards are evident in all her work,” said the education inspectors.

As a result, since the last inspection the school has reduced exclusions, raised attainment and improved attendance significantly.

There are nearly 800 students at the school at Wellesley Park and most speak English as a second language.

A third of students has a disability or special educational needs.

Halifax High is a specialist languages and performing arts college.

“Cultural harmony is a major feature of this satisfactory but improving school,” say the inspectors.

“Students are happy and feel very safe.”

The quality of teaching is described as satisfactory and sometimes good or better.

The number of persistent absentees has improve markedly although punctuality to lessons is more variable.

“Halifax High is making a real difference to its students.

“The satisfactory standard of education is improving steadily.”

The school is welcoming and harmonious, students are happy and respect for diversity is promoted particularly well.

The inspectors described the music and drama presentations as high quality, which demonstrates the positive impact of the school’s specialism.

Students have an increasing desire to improve their learning, attainment is improving steadily and students are adequately prepared for the world of work.