Islington school passes Ofsted inspection with flying colours

Staff and students at Highbury Fields received an outstanding Ofsted report last week.

Staff and students at Highbury Fields received an outstanding Ofsted report last week. - Credit: Archant

An Islington school for girls has passed its Ofsted inspection with flying colours.

Highbury Fields School was inspected for three days last week and received an “outstanding” rating with a raft of glowing statements included in the report.

The Highbury Hill school, judged to be “good” in its last inspection in 2012, received the “outstanding” rating across all six categories.

In judging the schools leadership and management, the report states: “The headteacher and senior leaders have embedded a vision and culture of extremely high aspiration and ambition.

“Pupils, parents and staff share and contribute to the inspiring culture of the school.”

Inspectors also reserved special praise for the army of keen readers at the school.

“There is a very strong culture of reading in the school,” the report continues.

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“This was most apparent to inspectors when they observed pupils reading for fun during break and lunchtimes.

“The most able pupils are keen and fluent readers.

“Less able students are supported to catch up through well-run additional programmes.”

Headteacher Gladys Berry said: “I am so proud of the students and staff who always work incredibly hard and show impressive levels of commitment to the school.

“The current Ofsted inspection framework is particularly robust and so it is a significant achievement for the school to be judged as ‘outstanding’.”

Another to congratulate staff and students at the school was leader of Islington Council Richard Watts, who tweeted: “This is fantastic news. Well done Highbury Fields.”

The school – which has more than 750 students on the roll – was also lauded for its treatment of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities.