Halley House judged as a ‘Good’ School by OfSTED

Halley House School has received its first ever OfSTED report, where inspectors found the school to be “Good” in all areas. The report praises the “rich curriculum”, which is “enhanced by specialist teachers and educational visits”, citing it as a strength of the school. Effective leadership at all levels, including governance, and parental engagement are also highlighted as key strengths of the school: “the highly effective headteacher has a clear vision for the future of this growing school [and] leads a strong team” and “parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school… [and] value the emphasis on outdoor learning.”

Halley House School is situated on the corner of Arcola Street and Shacklewell Lane in Dalston and has been recognised as a valuable primary choice for parents and carers in the Dalston/Stoke Newington area. Opened by Bellevue Place Education Trust in September 2015, the school offers high educational standards, exemplified by positive outcomes at the end of Reception and Key Stage 1, and in the Phonics Screening Check.

The report also highlights “the proportions of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading and mathematics are well above national averages.” Ofsted commented how “all groups of pupils make consistently strong progress in mathematics… and are challenged to extend their understanding.” The inspection identified that “the quality of presentation of pupils’ work is high in English and mathematics” and often “work produced across the wider curriculum is of a high standard.” Children in the Early Years achieve well and as a result of a “variety of learning experiences [that] engage children”, make strong progress.

OfSTED repeatedly draws attention to the school’s commitment to offer a personalised approach in a nurturing and productive environment, commenting on the positive relationships in the school community, notably: “all staff know the pupils and their families well”; “working relationships between staff and children are warm and positive” and “pupils show respect for each other and their teachers.”

As a result, “many pupils are keen to succeed, and they demonstrate positive attitudes to learning”. Pupils’ ability to “respect and celebrate their diversity and understand the importance of treating others equally” was also noted during the inspection. The report praises the school’s emphasis on effective questioning “based on good subject knowledge and the thoughtful use of resources” that “encourages pupils to think about their learning and supports their good progress.” Teachers’ capacity to “make the most of learning opportunities” is recognised, alongside accurate assessments and effective teaching of vocabulary.

The Headteacher, Claire Syms commented on the inspection result:

“I am delighted with our first OfSTED inspection report, which recognises many of our strengths as a school serving a community of which we feel incredibly proud and privileged to be a part. We have been offering a high-quality, personalised education to the young people of Dalston since we first opened our doors in September 2015 and OfSTED’s conclusions vindicate the tireless work, enthusiasm and commitment of staff, parents, governors and pupils who have invested so much in founding our wonderful school community. Our broad and balanced curriculum – delivered by the strong team at Halley House – encourages a culture of creativity, enquiry, confidence and expression, nurturing a population of lifelong thinkers. I am assured that we will build on our early successes and continue to go from strength to strength – we can’t wait for all our adventures that lie ahead!”


Halley House School now welcomes applications for pupils up to Year 3. Prospective families interested in applying for a place for September 2019 can visit the school throughout the Autumn term, with tours held every Wednesday morning at 9.15am. If you are unable to make a scheduled tour, enquiries and requests are welcome, so please do contact our school office to make alternative arrangements.

You can read the full report by following the link: Click here.
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