School is on the up after Ofsted report

Pupils were praised for being polite and courteous. Picture by John Houlihan
Pupils were praised for being polite and courteous. Picture by John Houlihan

The fortunes of a failing school appear to be turning around after it was removed from special measures following a recent Ofsted inspection.

Senior staff at Lightcliffe Academy say they are delighted at the report, which confirms it no longer has any inadequate features.

Lightcliffe Academy.

Lightcliffe Academy.

The academy’s predecessor, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School, was placed in special measures in May 2014 and became part of the Abbey Multi Academy Trust last March.

One year later the school has been told that the school still requires improvement in quality of teaching, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and 16 to 19 study. But inspectors recognise steps have been taken to ensure the school moves forward.

Lead inspector, Chris Smith, said: “Since their arrival, the executive principal and the principal have overseen a period of rapid change and development of the academy. They are highly ambitious for the academy’s future.

“Leadership at all levels is contributing effectively to improving teaching, behaviour and the progress pupils make.

“The vast majority of pupils behave well and are polite and courteous. Good training and professional development of teachers is helping them to develop their practice. Marking and feedback are contributing effectively to pupils’ better progress.”

Carol Kitson, CEO and executive principal of Abbey Multi Academy Trust, said: “We are determined to continue on this upward trajectory so students and the community has the academy it deserves.”

Lightcliffe principal Thomas Rothwell added: “The report is a reflection of all the hard work of the students and staff and is a step towards our stated aim to make the academy the school of choice for the local community.”