Ofsted inspect Harrogate High School

Harrogate High school hospitality students Oli Bedford, Alex Chatten and Emma Ramsey. (1306031AM4)
Harrogate High school hospitality students Oli Bedford, Alex Chatten and Emma Ramsey. (1306031AM4)
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Improved teaching standards and pupil attendance have led to Harrogate High School being deemed a ‘good’ school with ‘outstanding’ leadership by Ofsted inspectors.

Andrew Bayston, headteacher of the Ainsty Road academy, which will be rebuilt from the ground up later this decade, was praised for galvanising staff in his first five years in the role, revamping the school since a ‘satisfactory’ 2008 inspection result.

It is the first time the school, which has a roll of 627 pupils, has been inspected since switching to academy status in June 2012.

Attendance is ‘average’, while improvements in pupil behaviour and the sixth form contributed to the conclusion of the May 15-16 inspection.

Mr Bayston said: “Over the last two years, improvements in the quality of teaching have been achieved through a high-quality programme of professional development for teaching and support staff.”

‘Outstanding’ sixth form teaching was reported, and inspectors said pupils feel safe from any threat of bullying.

The achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and behaviour and safety of pupils were each rated as ‘good’, while leadership and management at the school was deemed ‘outstanding’, the highest level awarded by inspectors.

The school’s effectiveness is not yet classed as ‘outstanding’ overall, and the report suggested the school improve pupils’ vocabulary and offer work to match different abilities.

Ian Curtis, HHS chair of governors said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to congratulate every member of staff for achieving such a high standard.”