Hillcrest Academy

Name Hillcrest Academy
Website http://www.hillcrest.leeds.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 28 September 2016
Address Cowper Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4DR
Phone Number 01132624080
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 453 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.8
Academy Sponsor The Gorse Academies Trust
Local Authority Leeds
Percentage Free School Meals 23.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 83.4%
Persisitent Absence 11%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school complies with DfE guidance on what academies should publish on their websites. This is a larger than average primary school. It converted to an academy in January 2014 and joined the Gorse Academies Trust. Since the conversion, leadership has changed and there has been a complete transformation of the teaching team. The vast majority of pupils (96%) are from minority ethnic groups, and for 85% of pupils their first language is not English. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well above average. An above-average proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The proportion of pupils who join or leave the school partway through the year is much higher than average. Many of these pupils arrive from overseas speaking little or no English and some with little or no previous schooling.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The principal and associate principal lead the school with passion and determination. Although some leaders are new to their roles, all leaders have developed a culture where only the best is good enough. Outcomes for pupils are outstanding. All groups of pupils make very rapid progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils leave Hillcrest Academy reaching standards from very low starting points that are close to those achieved by other pupils nationally. They are very well prepared for the next stage of their education. Every lesson counts at Hillcrest Academy. Teachers are relentless in supporting every pupil to reach their full potential. Pupils are incredibly proud of their achievements. They value the education that they receive and say that they would not change anything about their school. Pupils’ exemplary behaviour contributes substantially to the rapid progress that they make. Respect and tolerance are golden threads that permeate school life. Pupils have a deep understanding of their role in a diverse community. Pupils are confident, resilient and self-motivated. Their highly positive attitude to their learning helps them to achieve very well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is developed very well through the rich curriculum. Pupils are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain. The pastoral care for pupils is excellent. The bespoke support that they receive is very highly valued by pupils and their families. The teaching of phonics in key stage 1 is a significant strength. The impact of Gorse Academies Trust in transforming a long-standing legacy of underachievement has been remarkable. Senior leaders ensure that pupil premium funding is used effectively. As a result, disadvantaged pupils make rapid progress. Governance is very effective. Governors have an excellent understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. They hold leaders to account effectively. The early years provision is outstanding. It is improving rapidly under the determined leadership of the early years leader. Robust systems are in place to ensure that pupils are kept safe.