High Tunstall College of Science praised for ‘improving quickly’

(left to right) High Tunstall Head Teacher Mark TIlling, Head Girl Eleanor Hyde, Deputy Head Teacher Jonathan Heath and Head Boy Adam McGowan.
(left to right) High Tunstall Head Teacher Mark TIlling, Head Girl Eleanor Hyde, Deputy Head Teacher Jonathan Heath and Head Boy Adam McGowan.
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GOVERNMENT inspectors say a Hartlepool secondary school is “improving quickly” with praise for the leadership and management teams.

High Tunstall College of Science, in Elwick Road, was given an overall grading of “requires improvement” but there was praise from the inspection team for the quick improvements being made.

(left to right) High Tunstall Head Teacher Mark TIlling, Head Boy Adam McGowan and Head Girl Eleanor Hyde.

(left to right) High Tunstall Head Teacher Mark TIlling, Head Boy Adam McGowan and Head Girl Eleanor Hyde.

The school was visited earlier this month as part of a national programme of school inspections.

Lead inspector John Paddick said: “The College is improving quickly because the headteacher, senior team and governors have developed a relentless and effective focus on the climate for learning, behaviour, the quality of teaching and the amount of progress that students are making.”

But while there was many positives, inspectors also highlighted key areas for improvement including mathematics attainment and better teaching for lower ability groups.

Progress records show GCSE results are likely to improve again this year though, with English and mathematics showing substantial rises according to the report.

Staff morale is praised, while students said the school had “improved substantially”.

Leadership and management and behaviour of pupils are rated good while the quality of teaching and achievement levels were classed as requiring improvement.

Headteacher Mark Tilling said: “I am pleased with the report which I think is an accurate assessment of the progress we are making at High Tunstall.

“The report is testament to the ongoing hard work and commitment by everyone associated with the college to achieve the very best for all of our students.

“The overall effectiveness of the college has been judged to require improvement.

“However, the report makes it clear that this judgement is a result of achievement from past years, which drive the judgements for achievement and teaching, rather than the current provision.”

The report added: “Governors have a clear understanding of what the college does well and know where improvements still have to be made. They have a clear understanding of how the college sets challenging targets for students and know how GCSE results and progress rates compare with the national picture.” Marion Agar, chair of governors, said: “Clearly, there are many positives in this report and it demonstrates that High Tunstall is an improving school.”