Whitcliffe’s big thumbs up

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STAFF and pupils at Whitcliffe Mount are over the moon after receiving a glowing report following a recent Ofsted visit.

Inspectors judged the school as good and continually improving, with particular praise for pupils’ behaviour and the curriculum on offer - described as excellent.

The report also highlighted the guidance and support offered to pupils as a real strength.

Head teacher John McGee said: “I am proud of the progress the school has made in recent years and this is recognition of the dedication and hard work by our students, staff and all associated with the school,” he said.

“With good achievement, behaviour, teaching and learning the school is well placed to make further progress in the future.”

The report said: “It is a good and improving college. Pastoral care is a strength and the college provides students with a safe and caring environment which promotes their personal development well.”

Parents also had their say, with 348 parents responding to questionnaires - 97 per cent of parents feeling the school kept their children safe and 91 per cent believed their children were well taught.

It caps a good year for the school which posted its best ever GCSE results last summer and it is well on course to match those results in 2011.

Mr McGee added: “Our estimates for this summer are even stronger than last year, where we were the most improved school in Kirklees for pupils achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE.”

The Cleckheaton school has also been named one of the most improved in the country by the Department for Education.