The agenda for the next Westfield Ward committee meeting has been amended to include an item on the proposed development of the playing field at Lowfields.
The Council’s development plan has provoked a lot of opposition in the area and a “Save Lowfields Playing Field” action group has been set up.
The meeting on 29th March will hear an update on the Councils plans which have yet to navigate various planning hurdles.
In 2007, when the Lowfields and Oaklands schools were merged to form a “York High School” the Council gave assurances that only the built footprint of the former Lowfields school would be redeveloped.
The Council reneged on that promise last summer when it published comprehensive redevelopment plans which would see 162 homes built on the site.
The new High school buildings in Cornlands Road were occupied in September 2009 but the Lowfields playing field continues to be used for sporting activities to this day.
The OFSTED report into York High school has finally been published on their web site.
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Set to become an independent “Academy”
The governments OFSTED inspecting body has released a damming report into teaching standards at York High school. The inspectorate has leaked the report to the media before posting it on their web site. This is hardly the behaviour of a responsible organisation and an action which will frustrate both teachers and parents as they seek to learn more about the “failings”.
In reality several pupils at the school have done remarkably well in recent years and the denigrating comments in The Press about the Westfield community are both ill informed and prejudiced. Unfortunately open media comments pages often provide a channel for the bigoted who usually hide behind a cloak of anonymity.
The school is judged by OFSTED to be “coasting” having received a “good” assessment from the same Inspectors as recently as 2012.
Still, recent poor exam results – particularly in science and languages – have cast a shadow on a school which started in 2009 with an impressive record of innovation and achievement.
The head teacher has already announced his resignation paving the way for a fresh start.
The government will give the school no option but to change to “Academy” status. It is looking to form a link with a group which includes Millthorpe This means a new governing body will be appointed. It may not include community representatives while even parents may lose their voice.
Academies have been criticised in the past for paying high wages to senior administrators and some teachers. On a split campus, which also includes the Energise leisure centre, good relations with neighbours are even more important.
So a sorry saga. The sooner the school is able to move on the better for all concerned.
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The Press is today reporting,
Staff and students at York High School are celebrating hugely improved GCSE results after a very challenging year in 2015.
Headteacher David Ellis said: “I am thrilled that the proportion of Year 11 students who have gained 5 good GCSE grades has almost doubled this year compared to 2015, even surpassing our results from two years ago. This is a result of the hard work of our young people and the determined and supportive work of my colleagues. We were extremely disappointed with the way that grade boundaries were moved in 2015 which had a negative impact for our students a year ago but I am incredibly proud of the way that the whole school community has risen to the challenge in the last 12 months resulting in the progress we have made this year”.
Associate head teacher Rod Sims, who is responsible for achievement at York High commented on the great spirit within Year 11 in 2016. He said: “The very pleasing improvements this year are in large part due to the way that the students responded to all of the extra demands that staff have put on them. They have turned up for extra revision sessions in large numbers, in some cases very early in the morning! The young people recognised that as the examination boards continue to raise the bar the challenge of gaining high grades is ever increasing and they worked with staff incredibly hard to gain the very best grades that they could. Our students can be very proud of their achievements and it has been a real pleasure to work with them and their Head of Year Mrs. Harrison to enable us to achieve the outcomes we have.”
One pupil celebrating results is Chloe Stead who achieved 7 GCSEs at grade C. Chloe was the first baby born in York in the new millennium and her results epitomise the effort that the year group as a whole have made this year.
Mr Ellis said “We are delighted for Chloe and the whole year group. Many pupils of all abilities have fulfilled their own individual targets and potential which will allow them to move successfully on to the next stage in their education and careers. We wish them all the very best.”