Headlands School and Community Science College

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Headlands School
Motto "Working together"
Established 1965
Type Secondary school with a Sixth form
Headteacher Mrs Bone
Location Sewerby Road
East Riding of Yorkshire
YO16 6UR
England Coordinates: 54°05′56″N 0°11′01″W / 54.099000°N 0.183550°W / 54.099000; -0.183550
DfE URN 118085 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1470
Ages 11–18
Website School site

Headlands School is a coeducational comprehensive school situated on Sewerby Road near the B1255, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The school has nearly 1,500 pupils aged 11–18.[1]


The Upper School was on Sewerby Road and the Lower School on St Alban Road adjacent to the south. The Lower School has now been developed Barratt Developments with around 30 houses.

Headlands School became a specialist school in science in 2002,[2] and was granted the Sportsmark award by Sport England in 2003.[3] It is notable in having its own astronomy department complete with its own reflecting telescope mounted within a free-standing observatory on the school grounds.

Headlands School participates in the annual Rock Challenge performance and drama gala held on the East Coast each year.

Following the resignation of the former headteacher Dr Steve Rogers, Scott Ratherham was appointed as headteacher.[when?]

Currently (2013) Mrs Bone is headteacher at the school following Mr Ratherham's departure earlier in the year.

Criminal prosecutions[edit]

Between 2006 and 2010 five Headlands School teachers were prosecuted for sexual offences:

  • Ian Blott, art teacher, was jailed in August 2006 for four years after a two-year affair with a girl pupil.[4]
  • Steven Edwards, science teacher, was jailed in February 2007 for four years and nine months for engaging in under-age sex with three girl pupils.[5][6]
  • Terry Mann, an IT teacher, was given a suspended prison sentence, in January 2008, after pleaded guilty to two charges of making indecent photographs of a child. He had earlier admitted sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. These incidents occurred after he had moved to Withernsea High School.[6][7]
  • Lindsey Jane Collett, a 26-year-old teaching assistant, sent a male teenage pupil racy texts and photographs. In August 2008, she was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge.[8]
  • Christopher Reen, a class supervisor and martial arts teacher, who replaced Lindsey Jane Collett, was jailed for 40 months, in March 2010, after admitting six counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16.[6][9]

Ofsted reports[edit]

Headlands School

In the report of their February 2004 inspection, Ofsted described the school as "This is a good school which is working well to improve pupils’ learning. ... Very good leadership by the headteacher, and good leadership by key staff promotes learning.". They assessed the school as 'Good', point three on a seven point scale, and the sixth form as 'Very Good', point 2.[10]

The school was placed in "Special Measures" by Ofsted after a February 2008 inspection.[11] Four areas for improvement were identified :

  • Raise achievement and standards across the school.
  • Eliminate all unsatisfactory teaching and improve the proportion of good teaching.
  • Ensure systems to improve behaviour are effective and are applied consistently.
  • Improve the effectiveness of leadership and management.

The effectiveness of the sixth form was considered satisfactory. Shortly after the inspection, the school formed a partnership with South Hunsley School to help it make progress. Subsequent monitoring visits by Ofsted in July 2008 and December 2008[12] judged that the school was making satisfactory progress towards meeting the areas for improvement. In October 2009 the school came out of special measures and given a rating of "satisfactory with good features" by Ofsted.[13]


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