Welcome to Leek High School. This is a school with a long tradition of serving the communities of Leek and the Moorlands.
We are a small high school and proud to be so. It is easy for large schools to become impersonal and for youngsters to get lost. We pride ourselves on really knowing all of our students and offering first class support to every one of them. The quality of the care we give our youngsters has been recognised by Ofsted who described it as “outstanding” and at a national level – we were awarded Extended School of the Year 2010, a great accolade and one we are extraordinarily proud of. Being a small school could have its drawbacks but as Ofsted described our curriculum as outstanding we seem to be enjoying the best of both worlds at the moment.
It is easy for schools to make claims about their achievement, but accolades from outside are not so easily come by. We invited the local authority to assess the conduct of our youngsters and we were pleased, though not surprised, when they found behaviour was good with the potential to be outstanding; saying ‘Students attitudes to learning were consistently positive.’
We were however pleasantly surprised to receive a letter from the Rt Hon David Laws, Minster of State for Schools, who wrote ‘It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on the excellent GCSE performance of your students.’
Our students enjoy a broad education at Leek High. During the current academic year youngsters visited (or will visit) Italy, Iceland and New York, there have been trips to Germany, Austria and perhaps most remarkably, Poland for a day trip. The last of these proved to have the greatest impact. For the Sixth Formers who went to Auschwitz, it was a life changing event. In school we are constantly amazed by the skills our youngsters exhibit; they sing and dance in front of packed houses at the annual house performing arts contest, they lead sporting events for youngsters from the first schools, enter car races, raise money for charity and produce work for the annual technology exhibition of an amazing quality. We are proud of them. We value the input of everybody connected with the school. Staff, students, parents and Governors were asked to help us develop the Vision Statement you see below. For us it is not an empty document but one of the ways we measure our success.
We hope you can support us in our commitment to the vision and work with us to ensure that it meets the high expectations it sets out. The Ofsted report published in December 2011 clearly indicates we are on the right path highlighting as they do the ‘excellent pastoral care’ and students making ‘good progress through a combination of good and sometimes outstanding teaching’. Inspectors noted that ‘relationships between staff and students are excellent’ and that the ‘very caring ethos of working with students and their families permeates all elements of the schools work’. It is our intention to help every one of our students fulfil his or her potential.