Posted on: 11/04/2019
Message From The HeadteacherAs another term draws to a close, I am delighted to report back to you that the school has recently undergone its first Challenge Partners Review. This was a quality assurance review overseen by a team of external school leaders and an Ofsted trained lead, who concluded that there was evidence to indicate our School Improvement Strategies and Outcomes for Students were both ‘Outstanding’ and the Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment was assessed as ‘Good’. They certainly picked up on our ‘relentless focus on ambition.’ (A copy of the full report can be viewed on our website.)
This was an excellent opening review, and one that confirms my belief that Hatch End High School provides both an excellent structure which allows its students to reach their academic potential and become motivated to pursue their dreams, in whatever form they may take, after leaving high school. Our Raising Aspirations/Dream Forward programme of university visits, inspirational speakers, and careers advice is highly prized amongst our students and opens their eyes as to what could be possible for them in the future.
Next term will be another busy one - particularly for those with external examinations looming on the horizon. To all those students, I wish you the very best of luck. Remember, nothing can give you the best chance of success more than working hard/ planning your revision schedule, attending any intervention sessions that may have been arranged for you, and very importantly, keeping calm, eating well and getting plenty of sleep.
I would also like to wish you and your families a very happy Easter holiday and look forward to a summer term which should see the finishing touches to the new building put in place, and the school grounds begin their transformation into a considerably enlarged ‘green space’. This will enhance the area we can devote to sporting activities and provide all our students with much more freedom to spread out and enjoy their environment at break times.
Ms Sue Maguire
Posted on: 2/10/2018
String Of Acolades For Hatch End High SchoolDear Parents/Carers
I am delighted to inform you that Hatch End High is in the limelight nationally for all the right reasons. We are consistently and significantly above the national overage for examination outcomes and I would like to stress just how much more we, as a school, go beyond this. For a full review of our results, please check the link on our website.
In June 2018, we were recognised by The Sutton Trust’s highly significant research paper called “Potential for Success – Fulfilling the promise of highly able students in secondary schools”. Essentially, Hatch End High has been viewed as a school where the most able students for the last three years have achieved outstanding educational results especially in the core subjects of Maths and English. The school was interviewed and its best practice has been used as a national case study.
Just one month later, the school was invited to become a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for Inclusion across the country by the nationally renowned ‘Inclusion Quality Mark’ organisation. Achieving this award recognises the school’s long-standing and exceptional support for ALL students regardless of individual need. “Students come first at Hatch End High School and staff at all levels go to great lengths to help them to thrive in all areas of their lives.” – IQM 2018. The parents interviewed in relation to this award also said, “We felt like our child was the only child in the school, such was the care they were given.”
Finally, in September, the school has been published in the highly prestigious Parliamentary Review with mention for its high quality curriculum, which not only leads to high examination success but also empowers its young people with a vast range of choice at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Particularly noted was its creative delivery of all subjects, including science, technology and maths and our extensive enrichment programme.
Hatch End High School has always prided itself on educating the whole child and preparing them to be successful in this ever-changing world. To have received national recognition three times in as many months makes our whole community very proud and reinforces what we are all about.
Ms Sue Maguire Headteacher
Posted on: 21/05/2018
An OFSTED Inspector CallsAfter a glorious sunshine filled Bank Holiday weekend, which I hope you all enjoyed, I am delighted to inform you that our most recent Section 8 Ofsted Report has been published - both on the school website and on the official Ofsted website. Under the new framework, if a school’s examination results remain high and there are no special causes for concern, a school like Hatch End does not receive a full two-day Section 5 inspection. Instead, a team of inspectors visit for just one day to ascertain if the school is still achieving high standards.
On the 27th March, we received our Section 8 and are very pleased with the expected outcome; that we continue to provide an excellent standard of education. Particular highlights include:
- Published examination results confirm that learning has remained strong across the school, particularly in the sixth form.
- The curriculum motivates students and promotes their skills and knowledge development effectively.
- The school has a welcoming and inclusive ethos. Pupils say they felt part of a harmonious community.
- The diversity of cultures and experiences pupils bring to the school is celebrated and valued
- Pupils respect different lifestyles and cultures. One of the central reasons for pupils’ success is clear and effective promotion of their well-being. Personal, social and emotional needs are considered when pupils join the school.
- The vast majority of pupils say that they are well supported in their academic and wider needs.
- Parents highlight the individual attention and additional help pupils receive to help them succeed.
- Year 13 attainment has been significantly higher than the national average for the past three years.
- Students said that the promotion of independent learning skills helps them prepare well for future learning and work.
- Senior and subject leaders use assessment information well to tailor teaching more closely to the learning needs of different groups of pupils.
As with all Ofsted reports, there is constructive feedback about small areas which we should focus on further, which the school largely agrees with. We will continue to strive, at all times, to ensure all students ‘thrive’ at our friendly, warm and high achieving community school.
Ms Sue Maguire