In its latest inspection by Ofsted, William Hulme’s Grammar School has once again been rated ‘Good’ in all areas, showcasing the academy’s high standards across the board.
Inspectors described leaders across the school as being “highly ambitious for the school’s pupils” and having an “unwavering commitment to pupils’ wider personal development”. Teachers deliver lessons that are “interesting and engaging” and help students to develop into “articulate, well-educated and reflective” young people who can lead happy and full lives.
The report described student attainment as being “very high” by the end of Year 11, with the proportion of students achieving a strong pass in English and maths being significantly above the national average. As well as showing “positive attitudes to learning”, students were found to be “respectful” individuals who take care of each other and their environment. Attendance at the school is described as “very good”, with inspectors drawing particular attention to the contribution of the academy’s Respect Charter and William Hulme’s Way Award in achieving this.
Inspectors noted that the recent changes in the Sixth Form have led to students now achieving “securely good” outcomes. They credited the dedicated Sixth Form centre as being “well-resourced” and said that teachers have a “strong focus on developing students’ employability skills” which prepares them well for life beyond school.
Inspectors also praised the school’s early years provision describing the curriculum as “well planned” and the teaching as “effective”. They said that the academy’s Primary Headteacher, Kate Heaton, has had a “transformational effect” on the quality of education in the primary phase and pupils “enjoy their learning”, showing good behaviour both in lessons and in outdoor provision.
Alongside praise for the work being done in the classroom, the report commended the academy for its commitment to delivering an Education with Character. As part of United Learning, William Hulme’s Grammar School is dedicated to providing pupils with access to new and exciting opportunities that enhance their learning. Citing the Combined Cadet Force, numerous sports clubs, residential visits and music groups, the inspectors said that the school’s “excellent” extracurricular offering is proving “highly effective in broadening pupils’ portfolio of skills, in widening their life experiences and in preparing them for adult life”.
Peter Mulholland, Principal of William Hulme’s Grammar School, said:
“This latest Ofsted report is testament to the hard work and commitment of our students and staff across the school. I’m delighted that the inspectors saw for themselves how respectful, confident and ambitious our students are and how committed they are to their learning and wider school life. The inspectors’ comments show just why the academy proves itself to be consistently popular with parents across Manchester year after year. We look forward to building on this successful report in the future.”
Dame Sally Coates, Director of Secondary Education at United Learning, said:
“This report is an excellent foundation to build on the journey to outstanding.”