Heckmondwike Grammar is a rare school in having achieved four consecutive outstanding grades from Ofsted, the most recent being in 2007. This is an amazing achievement given the changing inspection regimes and indicative of the sustained nature of the high-level education provided at the school. Headteacher at the time, Mr Mark Tweedle, commented: “We are very pleased, and I think it is a great credit to the staff and pupils and the ongoing support of the parents. It’s always nice when an independent body like Ofsted recognises this.” Success continued from an inspectorate perspective after this as well- an ‘equalities inspection’ in 2009 followed up with equally high praise.
As the current headteacher points out, one of the most gratifying aspects of the reports is the emphasis on the rounded education that students receive: it is not just a case of exceptional examination success; students also enjoy all aspects of a rich and varied life outside the classroom, while working with each other very effectively. This does not lead to complacency: reports such as these are the springboard to even greater success in the future.
Phrases in the 2007 report included:
- Students make excellent progress. In the sixth form, the standards they reach are well above average.
- They develop into mature, confident and articulate young people as a result of the many and varied opportunities they are given to learn and contribute.
- Their behaviour is exemplary. Attendance is excellent.
- They enjoy learning and respond enthusiastically to the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
- Classroom relationships are excellent throughout the school and sixth form.
- Both teachers and students have high expectations of the level of challenge.
- The school provides a vibrant and challenging environment.
- High achievement, both academic and in students’ personal development, permeates the school.
These, amongst many other comments, are available to read here ; while the equalities report can be read here . The statements on these are just as true today as they were when they were written by the inspectors: we are proud of this school and of what our students achieve daily.
Our parents are immensely supportive as well, and our recent surveys (2016-17: responses comprising over half of all families in the school) demonstrate that: 98% said that they agreed or strongly agreed that their child is happy at the school; 97% said the same about them making good progress. 99% also agreed or strongly agreed that their child is well looked after and taught well. These are exceptional scores, and we are very grateful for our parents being so pleased with the service we provide.