improved and developed curriculum,
which allows pupils to build on previous knowledge as
well as revisiting their prior learning, was
singled out for praise, as was the
improved attainment in exams along with high attendance levels and punctuality.
report notes: “Pupils enjoy coming to Holly Lodge. They feel safe and well
cared for. Pupils value the support they receive from their teachers.” The
report continues: “Teachers have high expectations of pupils. They help pupils
to aim high by using examples of successful women in history.”
Lodge, which is non-selective on academic and religious grounds, also
encourages pupils to get involved in activities outside of the classroom, with
personal development high on the agenda. There’s an emphasis on activities that
foster the students’ ambitions, including networking and mentoring with
professional women and strong careers advice. The
school has also successfully secured public-school bursaries for students to board in sixth
The school is led by head teacher Andy Keen who was deputy head at Holly Lodge for 12 years before becoming head in September 2016.
teacher Andy Keen said: “This is great news for Holly Lodge and I’m very pleased for the
teachers, pupils and parents who have made this achievement possible. It’s
important to remember, though, that the improvements we have made were not made
for Ofsted; we did it for the girls.
confident the changes we have made have been done properly so that they’re
sustainable and we will keep reaping their benefits. We have ensured that the students are supported
and we have also made sure that we’ve developed and valued our excellent,
very happy that Ofsted picked up that the pupils enjoy coming to school. I’m
also pleased that they recognised how important pride and ambition are at Holly
Lodge and how we do our very best to instil in the girls that they should feel
pride and ambition for themselves.
Lodge is one of the best-kept secrets in Liverpool and our next big challenge
is getting people to understand how good we are.”
member for education, employment and skills Cllr Barbara Murray said: “I am delighted that the
hard work of teachers and pupils at Holly Lodge has been recognised by Ofsted.
fully acknowledged that Andrew and his team grasped the previous inspection as
an opportunity to begin a programme of improvements that is already having a
noted effect across the school. Pupils have risen to the challenges that the
school is now setting them.
Lodge has already travelled a long way on this journey and I am very confident
that it will continue.”