0.35

Average progress that pupils have made in reading between KS1 and KS2
(national avg. is 0)

0.36

Average progress that pupils have made in writing between KS1 and KS2
(national avg. is 0)

0

Average score in the maths test
(national avg. is 103)

0.36

Average progress that pupils have made in maths between KS1 and KS2
(national avg. is 0)

39%

% of pupils who have achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths
(national avg. is 53%)

0

Average score in the reading test
(national avg. is 102.6)

0%

% of pupils who have achieved a higher standard in reading, writing and maths
(national avg. is 5%)

Summary

Hillcrest Academy is an exceptionally special school that has achieved the highest accolades for it work with wonderful students from central Leeds, who hail from a diverse range of cultures, faiths and nationalities. Its status as an Outstanding academy is a testament to the achievements of these students and the work of the staff. There is a tremendous sense of pride in the progress made by our students and the life chances that this hard work will give them when they move onto the secondary phase of their education.

Assessment data reveals a great deal about the academy. For instance, the progress scores of our Year 6 pupils in 2016 were amongst some of the highest in the country. In Reading, our Year 6 students were in the top third of students for progress from Key Stage 1. In Writing, they were in the top 13%, and in Maths, comfortably in the top 20% of students nationally. This paints a highly compelling picture of the tremendous improvements in the provision at Hillcrest that have been seen in a relatively short space of time, culminating in our outstanding OFSTED judgement of September 2016. The strength of our provision balances some of the individual challenges that many of our students face. There is a high degree of mobility at Hillcrest, with a number of our new arrivals also new to the country. It is our privilege to work with all students from across the community and to improve their life chances.

KS2 Progress

There have been significant and sustained improvements in key progress measures over the last two years. For Reading, Writing and Maths, all progress measures are above the national average. This is remarkable considering the highly diverse nature of our school, with up to 40 different languages being spoken at home. This indicates the strength of our provision for students and also the levels of engagement we have made with our community, bringing parents into a central position in the education of their children, and importantly supporting our work.

KS1 Good Level of Development

2016

National (69%)
Hillcrest Academy (50%)
2015
National (66%)
Hillcrest Academy (43%)
2014
National (60%)
Hillcrest Academy (32%)

The gap between students at Hillcrest and those nationally can be seen to be narrowing over the last 2 years. Attainment is also rising faster than nationally. This is a highly important strand of our work, since the skills developed by our students in Early Years, and Years 1 and 2 are the foundation for future success and enjoyment of learning. In 2015, 49% of students in Leeds achieved GLD. It can be seen that the gap between Hillcrest and the rest of Leeds is also closing at a faster rate.

Year 1 Phonics Progress

2016

National (80%)
Hillcrest Academy (73%)
2015
National (77%)
Hillcrest Academy (72%)
2014
National (74%)
Hillcrest Academy (44%)

We can see a similar dramatic narrowing of the academy gap to the national average in phonics.

In summary, Hillcrest Academy is a truly remarkable school, gifting students with an early passion for learning and achievement that will stand them in good stead for later life.

Further information can be found on the Department for Education Compare Schools website.