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In March 2016 Lightcliffe Academy was removed from Special Measures following an Ofsted inspection.  Its predecessor, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School, was placed in Special Measures in May 2014 and became part of Abbey Multi Academy Trust on 1 March 2015.

The Inspection took place a year to the day following sponsorship by Abbey Multi Academy Trust.  Senior staff are delighted with the report which confirms the Academy no longer has any inadequate features.  While there are still areas to develop, already identified by the Academy, Mr Chris Smith, HM Inspector, states ‘Since their arrival, the Executive Principal and the Principal have overseen a period of rapid change and development of the Academy.  They are highly ambitious for the Academy’s future’ adding ‘Strong and incisive leadership has transformed the Academy.’  He goes on to compliment the Academy on the improvement in teaching and classroom behaviour, saying ‘it is improving quickly’ and ‘leaders have targeted the right things’.  He states that ‘teachers hold high expectations and ensure that there is sufficient challenge and support as necessary.  They ask effective questions that probe pupils’ thinking and strengthen their understanding of the concepts being discussed.’  

The Ofsted team found that pupils are ‘polite, courteous and respectful of one another’ further reflected in an improvement in attendance and pupils who ‘wear the Academy uniform with pride and look smart’.  There are improvements in the 6th form with ‘a significant number of new initiatives to improve teaching and learning and raise achievement.’

Latest OFSTED ReportSpecial Measures Monitoring
Letter January 2015
Special Measures Monitoring
Letter May 2015
Special Measures Monitoring
Letters November 2015
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Lightcliffe Academy

Stoney Lane
Halifax, HX3 8TL

Tel: 01422 201 028
Fax: 01422 204 615

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552