Success as Hadleigh High School is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Headteacher, Caroline Gibson, and pupils at Hadleigh High School celebrate their good Ofsted.

Headteacher, Caroline Gibson, and pupils at Hadleigh High School celebrate their good Ofsted. - Credit: Archant

“Rapid progress” in a “wide range of subjects” helped a town’s secondary school secure another ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

Staff, pupils and parents at Hadleigh High School celebrated when education inspectors published their report which rated the school as ‘good’ in all four areas.

Over their two day visit, inspectors praised teachers’ dedication and skill, pupils’ “positive approach” to learning and senior staff who have “established a sustained culture of improvement”.

It was the school’s first inspection since 2012 when it was also rated as good and converted to academy status. Headteacher Caroline Gibson said: “Our whole school community is delighted to receive such a favourable report which recognises the excellent work undertaken by pupils and staff.

“Our success is based on teachers and students working together to achieve, supported superbly by our governors and parents.


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“We remain committed to providing the very best educational opportunities available for our youngsters by offering the very best training for our staff enabling them to deliver the highest standards.”

In the summer 56% of pupils got five or more A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths – 12% more than in 2013. The national average is 52.8%, with Suffolk overall at 53.4%.

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The Ofsted report said: “The outcomes for pupils have been significantly improved as a result of the more rapid progress seen in many subjects.

“All pupils who left the academy in 2014 and 2015 found sustained opportunities for training, education or employment.”

The role of governors, who “hold leaders to account effectively”, was also highlighted.

The chairman of governors, Sandy Davies, said: “The governing body is absolutely delighted with the Ofsted recognition of the quality of our school. We not only congratulate the staff and students but also would like to highlight the great leadership of the headteacher and her senior leadership team.”

Inspectors said the school was not yet ‘outstanding’ – the top Ofsted rating – because improvements in most subjects had not been “as rapid in mathematics”.

Hadleigh High School has about 770 students and is based in Highlands Road. St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Hadleigh was also rated as ‘good’ in a recent Ofsted inspection.

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