Growing school on the up: Ofsted

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.
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HIPPERHOLME and Lightcliffe High is a good and rapidly improving school, according to Ofsted inspectors.

“Students make outstanding progress in learning how to make a positive contribution to their school and to the wider community.

“The sports specialism is being used to outstanding effect and school leaders have high expectations for what students can achieve.”

The inspectors found GCSE examination results last year were in line with the national average.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe has just over 1,400 pupils and is growing.

“As a result of good teaching, curriculum and care, the overwhelming majority of students enjoy school and their attendance is above average.

“Their responsible approach to managing their own behaviour effectively in most unsupervised situations adds to the schools very constructive climate for learning.”

The inspectors describe headteacher Anthony Smith as exceptional.

“The significantly-reorganised leadership team and the majority of staff are working together with a strong sense of common purpose and the impact can be seen in the growing consistency of effective teaching and its early impact on raising standard.”

The school has excellent partnerships with a wide range of schools, colleges and universities which are used effectively.

The progress of sixth form students is improving and is now good, attendance is good and the proportion who continue to year 13 is very high.

Mr Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled by the report and particularly proud of the judgement that our students make an outstanding contribution to school and the community.

“We are a good and rapidly improving school and as we develop and extend into the Maltings, at Wheatley, Halifax, we are confident that we will improve even further.”