Transformational success at Highlees Primary recognised by OFSTED

Today we add Emma Ward and all her staff and children to the roll of honour at the Elliot Foundation as OFSTED has judged the school to be good in all categories and commended them for their outstanding work with vulnerable children. Barely two years ago Highlees was in special measures so the improvement has been rapid.

Despite having a teddy bear thrown at them during the inspection OFSTED inspectors said:

  • The very strong leadership of the Principal and Vice-Principal has brought about rapid improvement since Highlees Primary gained academy status 

  • The academy has exceptionally thorough systems for checking on the progress of different groups of pupils 

  • Pupils’ achievement is good in the rest of the academy and standards are rising

  • The high quality leadership of the Assistant Principal for Inclusion is a major factor in the way the academy meets the needs of the many pupils who join other than at the usual times, often with no English 

  • The academy provides outstanding support for pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable. It works very closely with their families and with other agencies, and has excellent procedures for making sure that pupils are protected

The full report can be found here. But from all of us to all of the children, families and staff at Highlees, well done!

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