Children ‘shine’ at Highbury School

A new sign reading ‘Where Children Shine’ greets visitors to Highbury School, Rastrick.

For Debbie Sweet, settling into her role as head teacher at the special school for children aged two to 11 years, the motto expresses her belief in getting the best out of her pupils - of all abilities. A recent Ofsted inspection rated the school, which has 62 pupils, as ‘good’ with staff praised for their commitment and dedication.

The inspection report said that children in the Foundation Stage made rapid progress and that pupils’ achievement through the school was good.

“Highbury is a very happy and improving school. The new head teacher has energised the school with her enthusiasm and there is a shared commitment to raising standards. Pupils’ behaviour is good because they enjoy coming to school and they want to learn,” said the report.

Debbie, who lives in Halifax, said she ‘hit the ground running’ at Highbury with the Ofsted inspection within weeks of taking over.

“I am pleased the inspectors commented on the fact that it is a happy school and that the children love coming here but I am even more pleased that they picked up on the fact that the pupils make progress in their learning.”

Debbie started her career at Withinfields School, Southowram, and was also deputy head at Cliffe Hill School, Lightcliffe.