Holmleigh Park High School

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Holmleigh Park High School
Holmleigh Park High School.jpg
Address
Holmleigh Road

, ,
GL4 0RT

England
Coordinates51°49′44″N 2°15′46″W / 51.82875°N 2.26280°W / 51.82875; -2.26280Coordinates: 51°49′44″N 2°15′46″W / 51.82875°N 2.26280°W / 51.82875; -2.26280
Information
TypeAcademy
Established2019
TrustGreenshaw Learning Trust
Department for Education URN147300 Tables
OfstedReports
HeadteacherPatrick Farmbrough
GenderMixed
Age11 to 18
Capacity1,455[1]
Websitehttps://www.hphigh.co.uk/

Holmleigh Park High School is a co-educational secondary school and sixth form with academy status in Tuffley, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. The number of pupils currently attending is approximately 1,152. Headteacher Patrick Farmbrough took over on 1 September 2019.[2]

History[edit]

The school opened in 1971 as Beaufort School.[3] It was later renamed Beaufort Community School.[4] In September 2010, The Academy opened its new Sixth Form Centre and also became a member of The South Gloucester Learning Trust with four other local schools. In October 2013, the school converted to academy status, as part of the OUR Co-operative Academies Trust.[5]

In September 2019, the academy was rebranded and joined the Greenshaw Learning Trust, following several years of underperformance. A new Headteacher was appointed, and the school relaunched as Holmleigh Park High School, with a new uniform and new school rules.[6] In particular, strict new rules have been introduced around uniform, behaviour and homework completion.[7] The new headteacher is Patrick Farmbrough who started on 1 September 2019.[8]

Uniform[edit]

Uniform, current (as of September 2019):

Keystage Blazer/Jumper Shirt Tie
KS3 Grey blazer with Holmleigh Park Logo Blue Maroon
KS4 Grey blazer with Holmleigh Park Logo Blue Maroon
KS5 Black, Navy or Grey Formal, any colour Maroon (or lapel pin)

Performance and Issues[edit]

In 2003, Beaufort school had improving results and had won several awards.[9]

However, by December 2018, the school's Progress 8 was in the bottom 1% of the country, with results categorised as well below average.[10] There were also concerns raised about bullying in the school.[11] The school was rated inadequate by Ofsted in December 2018 and placed in Special Measures.[12]

As a result, the school elected to join the Greenshaw Learning Trust, a Multi Academy Trust with a strong history of improving performance in Gloucestershire.[13] Beaufort Cooperative Academy officially closed on 31 May 2019. Holmleigh Park High School opened on 1 June, as a new school with a separate URN number.[14]

Since reopening, a number of new staff have been appointed, including the new Headteacher, Patrick Farmbrough. The school has introduced new rules around behaviour and uniform, and encourages parents to visit, without appointment, to look at the school's standards.[14] A new curriculum has been introduced throughout the school, and a daily reading programme introduced. The school day has also been extended for Year 11 and Year 13. The school has launched an expanded character programme, including The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and academic Ivy League lectures at university level at the school.[15]

Holmleigh Park Sports Centre[edit]

The sports centre was opened in September 1974. It is used exclusively by students during school hours but is open for public use in the evenings/weekends and school holidays. The facilities available include a large sports hall, a small sports hall, 2 outdoor football pitches, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a squash court, a health and fitness studio and cafe area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holmleigh Park High School". UK Government. Archived from the original on 20 October 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  2. ^ "What Parents Say Has to Change". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 16 June 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ David Verey; Alan Brooks (2002). Gloucestershire: The Vale and the Forest of Dean. Yale University Press. pp. 468–. ISBN 978-0-300-09733-7. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  4. ^ "BEAUFORT SCHOOL later BEAUFORT COMMUNITY SCHOOL, Gloucester". National Archives. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  5. ^ "About Beaufort". Beaufort Co-operative Academy. Archived from the original on 11 December 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Gloucester school set to be renamed - and the public will get a chance to vote". Gloucestershire Live. 26 March 2019. Archived from the original on 26 March 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  7. ^ "How the people in charge of Gloucester's Holmleigh Park High School are transforming more than just its name". Gloucestershire Live. 22 September 2019. Archived from the original on 20 October 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  8. ^ "New Headteacher of Holmleigh Park High School". Greenshaw Learning Trust. Archived from the original on 15 September 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  9. ^ Whittaker, Martin (5 September 2003). "Marks spark a recovery". Times Education Supplement. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Beaufort Co-operative Academy". Find and compare schools in England. GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  11. ^ Falconer, Ben (5 February 2018). "Headteacher hits back at parents' social media criticism over bullying". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  12. ^ Freeland, Iain. "Beaufort Co-operative Academy". Ofsted. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  13. ^ Flowers, Sophie (23 August 2019). "As it happened: GCSE Results Day 2019 at schools across Gloucestershire". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 14 September 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  14. ^ a b Sidat, Leena (23 October 2019). "Local high school re-branded and opened as Holmleigh Park High School". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 25 September 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  15. ^ Horton, Kim (22 September 2019). "How the people in charge of Gloucester's Holmleigh Park High School are transforming more than just its name". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 20 October 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2020.

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