No Academy status for Hameldon Community College

Hameldon High School.
Hameldon High School.

Burnley high school Hameldon Community College will not become an Academy – but is making progress in improving standards.

The news was revealed as Government inspectors Ofsted announced the school was making “reasonable progress” towards the removal of the serious weaknesses designation.

The headteacher and senior leadership team continue to provide strong and effective leadership and management of the school. Students’ achievement across the school continues to improve as a result

Inspector Terry Holland

Hameldon was said to have serious weaknesses following an Ofsted inspection in October, 2013, when it was told to improve on inadequte teaching, poor attendance and behaviour of pupils and effectiveness of leaders.

The Burnley Express revealed last July that Hameldon was bidding for academy status with the Department for Education.

Although this will not now happen, inspectors noted an improvement in the students’ achievement and described it as “a considerable achievement”.

Writing of their 2014 GCSE results, inspector Terry Holland stated that the number of students gaining five A* to C grades including English and maths was just above the national average with Hameldon outperforming two thirds of Lancashire schools.

The report went to on to say that school leaders had grown in confidence and pressed forward with the improvement programme while the school has maintained its existing strengths in its inclusion, support and care for students.

Attendance has risen significantly and is now above the national average.

Mr Holland added: “At the time of the last monitoring inspection in July, the governors had formally resolved to seek academy status with a local sponsor, the Pennine Federation.

“However, following due diligence, the Department for Education decided that this route was not possible due to the number of students on roll at the school. The local authority is continuing to support the school and to assure its sustainability.

“The headteacher and senior leadership team continue to provide strong and effective leadership and management of the school. Students’ achievement across the school continues to improve as a result.”