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Hellesdon High School Closed - academy converter March 31, 2012

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Hellesdon High School
187 Middletons Lane

phone: 01603 *** ***

headteacher: Mr Gerard Batty


school holidays: via Norfolk council

Secondary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Close date
March 31, 2012
Reason closed
Academy Converter
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 620319, Northing: 311945
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.66, Longitude: 1.2564
Accepting pupils
11—18 years old
Ofsted last inspection
Nov. 18, 2009
Region › Const. › Ward
East of England › Norwich North › Hellesdon South East
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Admissions policy
Main specialism
Technology (Operational)
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Sixth form
Has a sixth form
Learning provider ref #

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Schools nearby

  1. Hellesdon High School NR65SB (1272 pupils)
  2. 0.1 miles Kinsale Infant School NR65SG (159 pupils)
  3. 0.1 miles Kinsale Junior School NR65SG (194 pupils)
  4. 0.7 miles Firside Junior School NR65NF (282 pupils)
  5. 0.7 miles Heather Avenue Infant School NR66LT (130 pupils)
  6. 0.7 miles Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School NR66QA
  7. 0.7 miles Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School NR66QA (224 pupils)
  8. 1 mile Norman First and Nursery School, Norwich NR32QU
  9. 1 mile Mile Cross Primary School NR32QU (453 pupils)
  10. 1.2 mile Catton Grove Middle School NR33TP
  11. 1.2 mile Catton Grove First and Nursery School, Norwich NR33PZ
  12. 1.2 mile Mile Cross Middle School NR32EY
  13. 1.2 mile Dowson First School NR32EY
  14. 1.2 mile Include Norfolk NR33UA (87 pupils)
  15. 1.2 mile Catton Grove Primary School NR33TP (632 pupils)
  16. 1.4 mile Costessey Infant School NR50HG
  17. 1.4 mile Mill View Middle School, Norwich NR58XZ
  18. 1.4 mile Knowland Grove Community First School, Norwich NR58YB
  19. 1.4 mile Valley Primary School NR58XZ (188 pupils)
  20. 1.4 mile Costessey Infant School NR50HG (262 pupils)
  21. 1.6 mile Wensum Junior School NR24HB (139 pupils)
  22. 1.6 mile Hall School NR67AD (74 pupils)
  23. 1.6 mile Wensum Junior School NR24HB
  24. 1.7 mile Earlham Nursery School NR58DB (98 pupils)

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September 2010

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9 February 2011
Mr G Batty
Hellesdon High School
187 Middletons Lane
Dear Mr Batty

Ofsted monitoring of Grade 3 schools: monitoring inspection of Hellesdon
High School

Thank you for the help which you and your staff gave when I inspected your school
on 8 February 2011


for the time you gave to our phone discussions and for the

information which you and the staff provided before and during the inspection


Please also pass on my thanks to the students for their help in finding my way
around the school and for the helpful contributions they made when giving their
views of improvements made by the school.

The school has seen significant changes in staff since the last inspection. The senior
leadership team has been restructured with two new members joining the team.
Several new teachers, including some who are newly qualified, have joined the
school. There is also a newly appointed Chair of the Governing Body.
Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time the school
has made
good progress in making improvements
good progress in demonstrating a better capacity for sustained


Standards across the school have improved. In 2010, the percentage of students in
Key Stage 3 who reached or exceeded the school’s challenging targets rose
significantly, especially in mathematics. The percentage whose attainment was in
line with or above the national expectations for their age was also significantly
higher. This provided a much stronger foundation for raising standards in Key Stage

4. From the extensive data which the school collects on students’ progress, there is

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convincing evidence that the pattern of improvements is continuing throughout the
school with a sharp rise in 2010.The proportion of students on track to achieve five
or more A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and mathematics, is greater than
in previous years and above the national average. The data indicate that, from their
average starting points, these students have made good progress.
The school’s specialist technology status continues to have a significant impact on
standards. The development of the virtual learning environment has enabled
students to develop and use independent learning skills. This is especially so in the
sixth form where good progress has been made in enabling them to work effectively
outside of lesson time.

The key reason for the improvement in students’ achievement is the strong focus on

raising standards brought about by the restructuring of the senior leadership team.
The headteacher provides very clear direction for improvements and has been
working hard with the senior leadership team to change the culture, throughout the
school, to focus more sharply on the learning of students. This has resulted in better
systems and procedures for the monitoring and evaluation of the school’s provision
and students’ outcomes. Secure data collection and analysis, improved tracking of

students’ progress and targeted intervention are now in place and have made a

significant impact on the improvement in students’ achievement. Improved
monitoring and evaluation and well-focused training have resulted in an increased
level of accountability that has raised teachers’ expectations about what students
can achieve. Actions have been taken to strengthen aspects of teaching such as
matching tasks to the needs of students of all abilities and enabling students to
develop and use independent learning skills. Sixth-form students are enthusiastic
about the improved opportunities to take responsibility for their learning. They
appreciate the range of creative and exciting lessons they now receive, where they
are encouraged to work in pairs and small groups. The schools analysis of teaching
and learning shows that the proportion of good and better lessons has increased
significantly and at 73% meets the target set in the 2009 inspection report.
The school has made satisfactory improvements in developing, implementing and
monitoring a cross-school literacy and numeracy policy. In particular, it has improved
the consistency of good marking and the use of homework to help raise standards.
Policies are now in place and have been agreed by the governing body.
Implementation of the policies is taking place and, in some areas, good progress is
evident. This is true of the literacy and numeracy policies where students in Key
Stage 3 have made significant improvements in English and mathematics. The use of
marking and homework to help raise standards is having a positive impact in some
lessons. However, most of the work is at an early stage and so evidence of impact
on students’ learning is not yet secure.
The School Improvement Partner has made a valuable contribution to the recent

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I hope that you have found the inspection helpful in promoting improvement in your
school. This letter will be posted on the Ofsted website.
Yours sincerely
Roger Whittaker

Additional Inspector

September 2010

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The areas for improvement identified during the inspection which took
place on 18-19 November 2009:

 Within 12 months, increase the proportion of good or better lessons to 70%


- ensuring that the lesson observation system effectively monitors learning
- ensuring that teaching caters for the needs of students of all abilities

 Within 12 months develop, implement and monitor a cross-school literacy and

numeracy policy so that:

- opportunities to develop numeracy and literacy skills are fully exploited in

subjects other than mathematics and English

- marking and homework become more consistent between subjects so

that, for example, poor spelling and grammar are corrected

 Within 6 months, develop, the extent to which sixth-form students are

encouraged to develop skills of independent learning by:

- giving them the opportunity to attain and practice these skills in class
- further developing the virtual learning environment so that students are

able to learn and work more effectively outside of classes.

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