Around Ealing Spring 2014 - Page 32

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE NORTHOLT HIGH SCHOOL Year 10 student Bariq Babar receiving his award at the Speak Out final from previous mayor of Ealing, Councillor Kamaljit Dhindsa MAKING GOOD PROGRESS As ever, I am very pleased to be writing an article for Around Ealing about the notable progress that Northolt High School continues to make. H RH, the Duchess of Cambridge, visited the school in February of this year along with other patrons of the ‘Art Room’ including Jon Snow, the Channel Four newsreader. The Art Room is a national charity that works in schools to provide art through therapy and is part of our provision to meet the range of needs of our students. It is a fabulous resource available to all students in all schools in the borough. The visit by the Duchess marked a special moment in the journey that the school has embarked upon towards becoming an ‘outstanding’ school. 32 around ealing Summer 2014 Student behaviour was described as ’impeccable‘ by the guests who attended and the letter received from Clarence House following the visit thanked the school for the warm welcome that the Duchess had received. We continue to work relentlessly to build on this excellence and we were very encouraged by a recent Local Authority Review of the school in March 2014 which judged 83% of all lessons seen to be ‘good’ or better. The response to our request in the June 2013 edition of ‘Around Ealing’ for expressions of interest from anybody who wanted to become a governor in this school was remarkable. We could have filled each position twice. Our new governing body, which came into effect in January 2014, is already making a significant contribution towards the school’s ongoing success. Our focus continues to be on ensuring that we offer the very best educational experience and outcomes possible for every single student in the school. Lessons are engaging, intellectually challenging and support students in making good progress. At Northolt High School we create as many opportunities as possible to develop students’ social skills, character as well as to give them access to quality experiences beyond school in preparation for their future lives. Students and staff are working very hard in preparation for the public exams which begin soon. We anticipate that the summer results will demonstrate the real progress that the school has made over the last couple of years and equip the students with the qualifications that they need to compete successfully in the wider world. Prospective families are welcome to visit any time. Please make an appointment via the school office. Our Open Evening is Wednesday, 24 September for year 7 entry in September 2015. Gloria Lowe, Headteacher NORTHOLT HIGH SCHOOL Eastcote Lane, Northolt, Middlesex UB5 4HP Email Tel 020 8864 8544 Fax 020 8426 9207 HRH, the Duchess of Cambridge, during her visit