Hillcrest Academy

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Hillcrest Academy2019-01-25T10:50:09+00:00
0.81

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

0.04

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

0.20

Average score in the maths test
(national avg. is 104.2)

0.92

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

43%

% of pupils who have achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths
(national avg. is 64%)

0.50

Average score in the reading test
(national avg. is 104.1)

9%

% of pupils who have achieved a higher standard in reading, writing and maths
(national avg. is 10%)

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. 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 2017 were all amongst the highest performing schools in the country in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. In Reading, they were in the top 12%, in Writing, they were in the top 7%, and in Mathematics, in the top 1% 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.

KS2 Progress

The progress of the Year 6 cohort was exceptional and is sig + for each of the core subjects. The progress is above average in reading and well above average in Writing and Maths when compared with other schools nationally. This is remarkable considering the highly diverse nature of our school, with up to 43 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.

Early Years Good Level of Development

2018

National (72%)
Hillcrest Academy (61%)

2017

National (71%)
Hillcrest Academy (60%)

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 4 years. Attainment has also rising faster than nationally over the past 3 years and this was consistent in 2017 following 2016. 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 2017, 66% of students in Leeds achieved GLD.

Year 1 Phonics Progress

2018

National (83%)
Hillcrest Academy (82%)

2017

National (81%)
Hillcrest Academy (88%)

2016

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

Following a dramatic narrowing of the academy gap to the national average in 2015 and 2016 phonics, Hillcrest outcomes surpassed the National average for the first time in 2017, in 2018, there was a 1% gap to national.

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.