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. New to English and pupils with English as an Additional Language now make up 91% of the school. 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 Writing and Mathematics. In Reading, our Year 6 students were just above the national average for progress from Key Stage 1. In Writing, they were in the top 2%, and in Maths, in the top 7% 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, affirming 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.