NHS placed in top 15% of schools nationally

Nidderdale High School has been placed in the top 15 per cent of schools nationally for the performance of its pupils, according to figures from the Department for Education. What’s more, the benchmark has been achieved for the second year in a row – and current forecasts indicate a third successive year of the same results is highly likely.

As well as overall attainment levels, Nidderdale High School continues to excel in the progress its pupils make in specific areas. Progress in English, Humanities and Languages was significantly higher than the national average last year, with Science and Maths also being particularly high last year. Technology and practical areas also came out very strongly.

“We’re delighted that the efforts of our pupils are being recognised and also the role the school plays in helping them develop both academically and individually,” said Joint Heads of School Sian Dover and Kath Jordan. “In fact, the success in terms of the ‘value’ we add is particularly important as this is the closest match to the Government’s new school assessment benchmark.”

“The high ranking is a great reflection on the hard work of staff in combination with a willing set of students and supportive parents,” added Sue Reid, Chair of Governors. “Everyone working together in partnership has led to student outcomes being better than ever and their future choices and opportunities expanding as a consequence.”

Last year, the school managed to ensure all of its year 11 pupils left school with the next step of their development mapped out: 64% went to level 3 Higher Education courses at local sixth forms or colleges, and 36% went on to other college courses, apprenticeships or employment.

Horizons for current pupils will be further widened in May with a visit from Diane Hedditch, Education Outreach Officer for the Houses of Parliament. Ms Hedditch will be leading debates on school and community issues along with national and international topics as part of the school’s role in preparing its students for life in modern Britain.