The Link Academy (previously Hillcrest School and Community College)
Headteacher: Mrs April Garratt
Inspected November 2016 – Overall effectiveness – inadequate
Whilst the overall rating of the Inspection identified key development areas it was acknowledged that leaders and governors had reacted well to the poor GCSE results of 2016, although it was too early to assess the impact of these actions.
Further strengths were identified as the school’s careers development programme and the work of the school’s off-site inclusion centre, which supports its most vulnerable learners.
Areas to be addressed include poor GCSE outcomes in most subjects and the need to improve attendance across the board but particularly for SEN learners and those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.
The school has a very strong arts and performing arts culture with these seen as the heartbeat of the school.
Attendance is averaging 93.6%.