On Wednesday 3rd December 2014 Mossley Hollins High School received its 2014 Ofsted Report from Her Majesty’s Inspectors. The School was awarded ‘Outstanding’ in every category. Students, staff, governors and parents were delighted to be told that the school is Outstanding for its Overall Effectiveness. The Leadership and Management of the school, the Behaviour and Safety of its pupils, the Quality of Teaching from its teachers and the Academic Achievement of its learners were all judged to be Outstanding (the highest grade possible) as a result of the inspection of the school in November 2014.
Coming hot on the heels of its Ofsted report, the school also found out from the Department for Education on Friday 5th December that the academic performance of its students is amongst the best in England. The results in 2014 in GCSE English placed it in the top 2% of schools’ nationally. GCSE Mathematics and Science were in the top 12% and 13% respectively when measured against the performance of all schools nationally.
The Headteacher, Mr D Duncan, declared himself “very pleased” with the recognition the school has received from both Ofsted and the Department for Education. “This news confirms the great reports we have received from our parents. As a result of supportive parents, hard-working students, strong student teacher relationships and the dedication of our staff, governors and parents, the school is able to work hard to get the best for all its learners.”
The news could not have come at a better time for retiring Vice-Principal Jean Beaumont who had given 20 years of her life to improving the school. She made clear her pride in the staff and students in school and was very pleased with the recognition the school received for the high quality of student behaviour, safeguarding arrangements and the excellent progress and attainment of children with special educational needs: all areas in which Mrs Beaumont had been leading at senior level.
The Ofsted team was particularly impressed with the academic performance of children from less well-off families, stating that they, “benefit significantly from attending this school. Achievement gaps between these students and their non-disadvantaged peers nationally have been eradicated…disadvantaged students make better progress and attain higher standards than other students nationally.”
The Ofsted Report also pointed to the following significant strengths that it found in school, stating that…
The Associate Headteacher, Mr S Marshall, praised the joint effort of students, teachers and governors, saying that the report was just a step in the direction of continuous school improvement. He added that, “Our Chair of Governors, Mr John Denton, has provided 27 years of critical support to the school. John wants only the best for the families of Mossley.”
Staff and Leaders at Mossley Hollins High School, though pleased with this report, are currently working hard to make further improvements to benefit the education of the 772 children in the building. With this in mind, it has forged formal educational partnerships to bring further opportunities for learners aged 3-18 with its 5 partner primary schools in Mossley and Carrbrook and co-leadership of the A+ Trust with Ashton VI Form, Cromwell Special School (also awarded outstanding in its recent Ofsted visit) and 4 other ambitious Tameside secondary schools.
The Headteacher concluded by saying, “The future life-chances of our children will only be secure if we keep working to find even better ways to teach, learn and prepare them for adult life but this Outstanding judgement is a great step in the right direction. We will work hard never to let our children perform less well than their potential.”