In March 2016 Lightcliffe Academy was removed from Special Measures following an Ofsted inspection. Its predecessor, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School, was placed in Special Measures in May 2014 and became part of Abbey Multi Academy Trust on 1 March 2015. The Inspection took place a year to the day following sponsorship by Abbey Multi Academy Trust. Senior staff are delighted with the report which confirms the Academy no longer has any inadequate features. While there are still areas to develop, already identified by the Academy, Mr Chris Smith, HM Inspector, states ‘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’ adding ‘Strong and incisive leadership has transformed the Academy.’ He goes on to compliment the Academy on the improvement in teaching and classroom behaviour, saying ‘it is improving quickly’ and ‘leaders have targeted the right things’. He states that ‘teachers hold high expectations and ensure that there is sufficient challenge and support as necessary. They ask effective questions that probe pupils’ thinking and strengthen their understanding of the concepts being discussed.’ The Ofsted team found that pupils are ‘polite, courteous and respectful of one another’ further reflected in an improvement in attendance and pupils who ‘wear the Academy uniform with pride and look smart’. There are improvements in the 6th form with ‘a significant number of new initiatives to improve teaching and learning and raise achievement.’
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Lightcliffe Academy, Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TL Tel: 01422 201028 Fax: 01422 204615 Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House, Abbey Grange Church of England Academy, Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA Tel: 0113 257877
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