Huntington School

Name Huntington School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 October 2017
Address Huntington Road, Huntington, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 9WT
Phone Number 01904752100
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1529 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.4
Local Authority York
Percentage Free School Meals 7.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.8%
Persisitent Absence 15.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Huntington School is larger than the average-sized secondary school and has a large sixth form. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils identified as having SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium is below average. The school does not enter students for GCSE before Year 11. A very small number of sixth-form students attend courses at The Joseph Rowntree School. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not currently use alternative provision for any pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher and senior leaders have established an impressive culture of high aspirations. Teachers and pupils share a steely determination to succeed. As a consequence, the school has improved significantly since the last inspection. Senior and middle leaders are highly effective in bringing about improvements to the quality of teaching and learning. The school’s approach to teachers’ professional development is exceptional. The school’s ‘Research School’ status has had an extraordinary impact on teachers’ understanding of how to improve their practice. The school is steeped in research-based practice, which is leading to pupils making rapid gains in their skills, knowledge and understanding. Governors have a sharp and incisive knowledge of the school. They provide strong support to leaders. The minutes of governing body meetings show that governors are diligent and committed to improvement. Pupils now make at least good progress from their starting points, in all year groups and across almost all subjects, including English and mathematics. The progress made by pupils in key stage 3 is particularly strong. Disadvantaged pupils achieve well across the curriculum and in all year groups. Work in pupils’ books shows that their progress matches that of other pupils. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make strong progress. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and high expectations of their pupils. Work to help pupils extend their vocabulary is resulting in pupils’ assured and confident use of language. Occasionally, teachers do not check precisely on how well some pupils are developing their knowledge and skills during lessons. Pupils really enjoy coming to school and are very proud to speak about the school’s many strengths. Attendance is higher than the national average for secondary schools. A few disadvantaged pupils are persistently absent. Behaviour in lessons and around school is excellent. The school is calm and orderly throughout the day. Pupils are friendly and polite to each other and to adults. The sixth form provides an outstanding education. Students are purposeful and confident. They benefit from excellent careers guidance which ensures that they go on to further study, employment or training that is closely matched to their aspirations.