Colne Valley High School was last inspected on 13th June 2017. The school was judged to 'require improvement'. This judgement reflects the significant progress made by the school since the previous inspection. It was the judgement we expected given the low starting point prior to becoming an academy and the 2016 examination results. In June 2018 we welcomed an HMI monitoring visit which concluded we were taking effective action to address areas for improvement.
Since becoming an Academy in September 2014, we have worked hard to drive up standards. There are many things that the inspection team considered good, such as:
‘The quality of teaching is improving and, as a result, more pupils are making good progress.’
‘There are good opportunities for pupils to take on leadership roles to support their personal development.’
‘Pupils say that they are safe in school.’
‘The curriculum is effective in supporting pupils’ learning and their personal development, behaviour and welfare.’
‘There is good support for students’ well-being’.
‘Most pupils conduct themselves well throughout the day. The school is an orderly environment.’
‘The most-able pupils make effective progress in comparison to similar pupils nationally’.
In June 2018, we had an OFSTED monitoring visit. The inspector judged senior leaders and governors to be taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement at the last inspection.
School Priorities for improvement are:
- Improving outcomes for disadvantaged students, particularly boys
- Securing consistently good teaching
- Improving the contribution students make to their learning
- Raising attendance
We would like to acknowledge the support that the school has received from The MFG Multi- Academy Trust and thank all Staff, Governors and Parents for their continued support. We think this report provides clear guidance for the school to improve quickly and we look forward to working with the new Senior Leadership Team in accelerating the rate of progress.