Taste of success for high school

Todmorden High School.
Todmorden High School.

Todmorden High School is celebrating the taste of success after turning its fortune around.

In summer 2013, the school ranked in the bottom five per cent of schools nationally. Figures from summer 2015 show it is now in the top 18 per cent and has been judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Every member of staff is now determined to ensure that Todmorden High School becomes ‘Outstanding’ - offering the young people of Todmorden the education they deserve.

Headteacher Andrew Whitaker said: “Following the recent publication of the Government’s national data on secondary school performance, our school community is delighted to note that in three years, THS has transformed from a school that was performing in the bottom five per cent of schools to a school that is performing in the top 18 per cent of schools.

“Of particular note is the remarkable performance of our English and Humanities departments. As a school, we are determined to create an outstanding learning environment for all students and examination performance that equals the very best schools in the country.”

As part of this journey, in September this year, Todmorden High School became a strategic partner with the Trinity Teaching School Alliance (TTSA).

Mr Whitaker said: “Such a significant transformation is not something that could have happened in isolation; we have very much valued the collaborative work we have done with The Gorse Academies Trust and other schools such as The Trinity Academy in Halifax. They have played a significant part in supporting us on our journey to offer the young people of Todmorden a fantastic education.”

Michael Gosling, executive principal of Trinity Academy Halifax, the lead school within the TTSA, said: “Todmorden High School shares our vision of every child accessing the education that they deserve.

“We have some exciting plans for the future, and look forward to continuing to work with Todmorden High School.”