Following a rigorous inspection by Ofsted, Heathside School, Hampstead, part of Dukes Education, has secured all necessary approvals to extend the school to Year 11 and begin offering GCSEs.
An inspection in November, which carefully scrutinised Heathside’s proposals for Key Stage 4, gave a clean bill of health. Now the school, which already takes children to Year 9, will be offering students an opportunity to take GCSEs in all core subjects, with specialist teachers supporting them all the way through to exams and to reaching their full potential.
Katherine Vintiner, Headteacher Heathside School, said, “This approval is the result of a great deal of planning and preparation by our leadership team and I am absolutely delighted with the outcome. Now, our senior school students can continue with us to Year 11, in the same nurturing and supportive environment they are used to, and with the high standards of academic rigour they have experienced in Key Stage 3. Being a school from age 2 to 16 means children can grow with us and chose the pathway to senior school that suits them best, whether that is the 11+ or 13+ route, or remaining at Heathside. And with this important decision confirmed, we can now look forward to the next chapter for Heathside – with new students joining us, and to finding the right building for what we are confident will become a thriving senior school.”
Aatif Hassan, Chair of Governors, Heathside School, said: “This is a terrific and well deserved result for Heathside. The turnaround they have accomplished in such a short period is outstanding and I am very proud of the whole team for such a great achievement. Heathside provides a unique experience for children in north London and it is fantastic news that we can now provide them with the opportunity to enjoy it until they are 16.”