OfSTED Outstanding: ‘Senior leaders, led by the Principal and governors, have established a culture of high expectation, integrity and ambition within the college. They are determined that students will achieve their potential. This culture is shared by staff and students…learning and progress are outstanding.’
Superb attainment outcomes for all students: We have a proven track record of over 94% of students gaining 5+A*-C at GCSE, with over 65% including English and Maths (three year average). Our value added, the figure which assesses student progress is consistently well above national averages. At A level we typically have a 100% pass rate with average grades for students being AAB. Progression rates to university compare very well with selective grammar schools, with over a third of students going to the traditional ‘Russell Group’ universities.
Students behaviour is outstanding: ‘they have a thirst for learning…show excellent attitudes…have a strong desire to do outstandingly well and produce their best.’
Teaching is outstanding and it helps students make rapid progress. ‘Teachers know the students very well and have very high expectations of what they can achieve. This has embedded a culture of success and achievement across the college.’
The Sixth Form of over 200 students is outstanding because ‘students achieve exceptionally’ well as a result of outstanding teaching where teachers make full use of their ‘impressive subject knowledge to involve students and challenge them to reach the high standards set for them.’
The curriculum is a real strength of the college ‘designed to meet the needs of all students’ and ‘ensuring rapid progress for them’.
Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is ‘outstandingly well promoted and pervades the life of the college. It is strongly promoted through the curriculum as well as in the culture of the college. It is an exceptionally strong feature of how the college promotes equality of opportunity for all.’
The college supports other schools ‘in the wider system and does this extensively. Leaders have a very positive impact on their outcomes’.
Business and ethical enterprise specialism makes a powerful contribution to students’ experiences and outcomes and they develop entrepreneurial skills in a rich variety of contexts that have earned them national recognition.
Languages and the international dimension are vibrant aspects of the life of the college and the college is a British Academy Languages Award Winner 2012 for its work on primary transition, Chinese culture and teaching Mandarin.
Learning outside the classroom is a strong feature of the curriculum, which enlivens learning and the college farm provides a resource for learning about enterprise and the environment. The College has the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award in recognition for its work on stewardship of the environment and sustainability.
Sports, Visual Art and Performance are prominent the life of the college as recognised by the awards of Artsmark Gold and Sportsmark.
All teachers work hard to make lessons interesting and relevant to students’ own interests and experiences. The framework for this is the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme, also known as TEEP, which supports our aim to provide a holistic education for students. The Inclusion Quality Mark has been awarded for an emphasis on high standards and meeting the needs of all students.
Leadership in the college is outstanding at all levels. The Principal is a National Leader of Education and the college is a National Support School providing leadership training, support and challenge for other schools in both the secondary and primary sector. The college has a thriving training academy which delivers training to other schools and individual teachers. Many members of staff are designated TEEP trainers, Lead Practitioners, or Specialist Leaders of Education.
2012 saw further recognition as Outstanding School Team Of The Year in the North with the judges saying ‘the success of All Hallows, in its every facet, could not be achieved without there being an incredibly strong team ethic. There is an enormous sense of pride, evident in every conversation, with adults and young people’
All Hallows is a Sport England Olympic Legacy Bid Winner and has installed a specialised covered outdoor gym for use by the students and local community. A successful bid to the DfE and the Football Foundation, has resulted in the development of a new full sized all-weather pitch and a four-room changing pavilion. An indoor fitness suite has been added to the sports facilities during 2014-15, and there is a new Dance studio in the Fisher Building.
As a highly successful college, All Hallows has taken up the invitation from the Government to become a Catholic voluntary academy. Our voluntary academy is part of The Holy Family of Nazareth Academy Trust which will, in time, include those partner primary schools, who wish to become academies. As a state funded school, independant of the local authority, we intend to make best use of our freedoms to maintain an outstanding education for our children and community.
Quotes in blue taken from our Outstanding Ofsted Report, December 2014.