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Higham-on-the-Hill CofE Primary is praised as an “inclusive, ambitious and caring school” in recent Ofsted inspection report

Pupils and staff at Higham-on-the-Hill CofE Primary School are celebrating after receiving confirmation of their ‘Good’ rating following their recent Ofsted Inspection report.  


During their visit on 31st January, the inspector concluded that: ‘Higham-on-the-Hill Church of England Primary School is an inclusive and caring school. Pupils are happy at school and enjoy learning.  Leaders have high expectations of pupils' conduct.  Many pupils say that their teachers are kind and that the school is 'amazing'.


The report continued: ‘Leaders are ambitious for what pupils can achieve. They have worked well to improve all areas of the school. Leaders have ensured that there is a well-sequenced curriculum in place for all subjects’.


Becky Dolby-Molson, Executive Headteacher at Higham-on-the-Hill CofE Primary, said: ‘We are exceptionally proud our school and have worked hard to ensure all pupils flourish.  It’s what makes the school so special and that’s why it’s the school of choice for many families. It is fantastic to see this reflected so well in the many positive comments throughout the inspection report. My thanks go to our brilliant pupils, staff and governors; as well as parents, carers, members of the church and supporters across our community for all that they do for our school every day’.  


Higham-on-the-Hill CofE Primary is part of Rise Multi Academy, a Trust of 21 schools, including St Simon and St Jude CofE Primary, who work closely in partnership together with Higham.


Highlighting the support provided by the Trust and senior leaders at the school, the report added that:

  • The school is well led and managed
  • Staff are proud to work at the school
  • Leaders take staff workload into account
  • Governors and trustees know the school well
  • They provide effective support and challenge
  • The trust has comprehensive professional development in place for all staff
  • Staff are positive about this support


Mark Cole, CEO of Rise Multi Academy Trust, said: ‘Congratulations to everyone at Higham for this fantastic outcome. As a family of schools, we have invested significant time and energy in doing our best to develop all of our staff. Our schools are not islands and we intentionally come together often, to learn and grow as educators. We are delighted that Ofsted could see the impact of this.’


Dave Ellison-Lee, Director of Education added: ‘We are pleased that the hard work of staff and leaders has been recognised. As a family of schools we have worked really hard on developing a common curriculum and it was incredibly valuable to have this work looked at through the deep dives that inspectors undertook.  Inspectors also recognised the positive impact of trust’s ‘comprehensive program of professional development in place for all staff. At the heart of our Trust is an absolute commitment to enabling our pupils, our staff and our school communities to flourish and succeed. Through partnership and collaboration we can achieve incredible things together.’