High Cliff Academy


Name High Cliff Academy
Website http://www.highcliffacademy.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 June 2018
Address Southdown Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9FD
Phone Number 01273041471
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Step Academy Trust
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 30%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

High Cliff Academy is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. High Cliff Academy opened in September 2015. From January 2017 the school has been sponsored by STEP Academy Trust. An interim head of school was in post between January 2017 and April 2017. The current headteacher was appointed in April 2017. The school has a strategic governing body that works across two schools within the multi-academy trust. The school currently has a Nursery, one Reception class, two classes in Year 1 and one Year 2 class. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher is unwavering in her determination to provide the best possible experiences for pupils in the school. She does this extremely well, including recognising the challenge of sustaining this as the school expands. Since January 2017, STEP Academy Trust has provided highly effective support to the school. The multi-academy trust (MAT) has worked with urgency and moral purpose to ensure that high-quality learning opportunities are in place for all pupils. All staff display a deep commitment to the headteacher’s vision. They are expertly encouraged and enabled to contribute to this vision. Governors carry out their duties conscientiously and rigorously. They understand the school well, visit regularly and know how effectively pupils learn. The curriculum is inspiring and relevant to the pupils of High Cliff Academy. Leaders have given careful consideration to how pupils can successfully develop their skills, understanding and knowledge. Teachers plan highly engaging and effective lessons. Teaching is very strong, and standards are rising rapidly. Pupils throughout the school make rapid progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. Children get off to a great start in early years. Staff form excellent relationships with parents and children happily settle into routines. Exceptionally skilled phonics (letters and the sounds they represent) teaching across early years and key stage 1 ensures that pupils are encouraged and supported to read widely. Safeguarding is a strength. Parents have complete confidence that leaders deliver the highest standards of safety and protection for their children. The school is a nurturing and inclusive environment. Parents are extremely positive about the school. They say that their children are safe, happy and thriving. They recognise that belonging to the MAT has facilitated improvements to the school. Pupils are happy, motivated and excited to come to school. They demonstrate excellent attitudes to their learning and are growing in confidence. The school develops pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development particularly skilfully. Pupils are thoughtful, kind and respectful.