Hameldon Community College makes ‘step in right direction’

Hameldon High School.
Hameldon High School.

Burnley school Hameldon Community College is making progress according to government inspectors who, in 2013, identified it as having serious weaknesses.

The secondary school was deemed as “inadequate” by Ofsted inspectors in October, 2013, but the most recent follow-up visit has seen progress, albeit with a recommendation that it still requires improvement.

Over time, there is not enough consistently good and outstanding teaching and learning.

Ofsted inspector

Headteacher Miss Gill Broom described the latest findings as “a step in the right direction”.

She said: “I am pleased the inspectors acknowledged the proportion of our students attaining five or more GCSE qualifications at grades A* to C, including English and maths, had improved significantly in 2014.

“This has been achieved through a lot of hard work from staff and students. We must now work hard to make progress in the areas highlighted for improvement.”

Inspectors also noted that students’ behaviour had improved significantly over the last two years and the school provided excellent care and support for students.

Leadership and management of the school was cited as good and this gave a good chance for the school to make further and more rapid improvement.

A high proportion of students make expected progress in English.

But inspectors said Hameldon still required improvement in a number of areas, including teaching.

Lead inspector Patrick Geraghty said: “Over time, there is not enough consistently good and outstanding teaching and learning.

“A small minority of students remain disengaged from learning where activities are insufficiently challenging and lack planning to meet their needs. Too many students do not make expected progress in mathematics by the end of Key Stage 4.

“The school must ensure that students, including disadvantaged students, make better and more rapid progress in mathematics so that attainment rises at Key Stage 4.”

Hameldon was formed out of a merger of the former Habergham and Ivy Bank High Schools under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

The school has since experienced mixed fortunes and now has just 321 pupils on the school roll.

The Burnley Express revealed in March that Hameldon was no longer bidding to become an Academy, a move which was first touted the previous July.