Brighton secondary school on the right track

Longhill High School is improving
Longhill High School is improving

Longhill High School is on its way to becoming a ‘good’ school, education watchdog Ofsted has said.

The Rottingdean school, which was rated ‘requires improvement’ at its last inspection in spring 2016, was visited by Ofsted inspectors on February 22.

Kate Williams, Longhill High School

Kate Williams, Longhill High School

The ‘section 8’ monitoring inspection found the school was on the right track.

A spokesperson for Longhill said: “Whilst the report points out the areas which still require more action in order to reach the highest standards, it is an overwhelmingly positive report that reflects the hard work and determination to succeed shown by senior leaders, governors, staff and students.

“The report clearly highlights improvements that the school has made since its last inspection in 2016 and includes strong acknowledgements of these from the students themselves.”

Improvements included:

- Raised standards through better quality day-to-day teaching and learning

- The new behaviour policy has reduced the number of disruptions to lessons

- Teachers feel more confident about asserting themselves and insisting upon high standards

- The inspector saw motivated pupils who want to learn and who value the positive relationship they have with staff

- Pupils appreciate being able to get on with their work with fewer interruptions

- Programmes of extra help for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are planned carefully and are successful

- The introduction of initiatives to inspire pupils and raise their aspirations

- Pupils told the inspector that they were motivated to try harder and push themselves because their targets were so ambitious

The leadership and governing board of Longhill High School said they were ‘very proud’ of the recognition given in this inspection report.

They said: “We very much appreciate the ongoing support of our students, parents and the wider community, who are a vital part of our journey to improve the educational experience of all the students at Longhill High School.”