Pupils’ overall achievement at the College is “excellent”. Inspectors said that pupils of all abilities “achieve consistently well” thanks to the “often excellent teaching” they receive.
Across the board, HLC’s pupils impress. Inspectors said they were “highly articulate”. “Progress is exceptional” and results are “excellent”. Last year, 81 per cent of all A Level grades at the town’s distinguished independent school were at either A*, A or B level.
The School’s pupils are equally impressive out of the classroom. Pupils regularly gain national success in lacrosse, athletics, netball and fell running. Musical standards are very high.
The pastoral care that the School provides gained even higher praise. The inspectors noted that “the pupils’ very high levels of personal development are supported by outstanding pastoral care and excellent arrangements to ensure their welfare, health and safety”. The inspectors were very impressed too by pupils’ social skills, their cultural awareness and the ease with which they got on with one another.
The School’s boarding provision was viewed as another great strength. It makes “a significant contribution to school life and is a key element of the school’s ethos”.
Headmistress, Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson, said that she was absolutely delighted that the pupils and staff had gained the recognition they deserved.
“What pleased me most,” said Mrs Wilkinson, “was not just our academic success, but the fact that the inspectors were so impressed by our pupils’ excellent personal development. I believe that one of the most important aspects of education is that schools should develop good people. It is tremendous that the inspection acknowledged that this is such an important part of life at Harrogate Ladies’ College.”
The inspection was carried out in May by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI).