We are delighted to tell you that Ofsted has found that Orrell Holgate Academy is a place where “pupils achieve highly” and “are happy and love coming to school”.
As you may be aware, our school was visited by the school inspectors at the end of September. We were one of the first schools in Wigan to be reviewed under the new guidelines for how Ofsted assesses education standards.
We can’t begin to describe how delighted we are with this report.
At every level the inspectors have not only praised what our pupils and staff have achieved, but they also applauded how we have achieved it.
They say our pupils are polite, well-mannered and care about others. Our staff are recognised for their strong subject knowledge that ‘ensures that pupils achieve well in a range of subjects’ and our leadership team, in the broadest sense, have ‘high expectations for all’. The report also highlights the strong progress and attainment of children at Holgate in comparison to other pupils nationally.
In fact, the Inspectors really understood what I think makes this school so special – we are not just here to help our children achieve, we want to ensure that our pupils really are the pride of our community on every level.
As a result, the Inspectorate concluded that the Orrell Holgate Academy “continues to be a good school”.
Just to highlight how special our school is, the inspectors rightly noted that we need greater focus on our pupil’s long-term memory in some subjects, but the fact that was the only real area for development just goes to show just how well the school is already performing against a brand new more rigorous inspection framework.