Praise as school overcomes merger set-back

A SECONDARY school has been given a good rating by Ofsted inspectors. The Highfield School in Letchworth GC attained the score for leadership and management, achievements and standards and personal development and well-being of students. The Ofsted insp

A SECONDARY school has been given a "good" rating by Ofsted inspectors.

The Highfield School in Letchworth GC attained the score for leadership and management, achievements and standards and personal development and well-being of students.

The Ofsted inspectors noted that the school has recovered from a period of instability which followed the transfer of students from Norton School in Letchworth GC when it closed.

Teaching and learning was considered good overall and an increasing number of lessons were outstanding.


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The percentage of students who achieve at least five GCSE grades A* to C has increased to well above the national average.

Sixth form students have also reached standards at GCE, AS and A-level which are above the national average.

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A particularly good feature noted was the care teachers took in breaking lessons down into smaller parts so they could provide a wide variety of interesting activities.

According to the report, students receive good care, support and guidance and the school has made efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles by providing healthy meals and a good range of organised sports activities.

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