Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (HMI) recognised Gladesmore Community School, in OFSTED inspections in 2008 and 2009 to be OUTSTANDING in every aspect of its work.
The Department of Education has rated the school in the top 3% for contextual value added progress and listed Gladesmore in the top 50 schools nationally. Gladesmore was awarded High Performing School Status. The school was one of a small group of schools receiving this accolade.
Some of the many awards that the school has received are listed below:
Gladesmore are winners of the ICT Excellence Award for secondary schools. This was achieved through exemplary practice and results
The ICT Mark – this is for Information Communications Technology. The award recognises the high level of skills obtained by the staff and students in computing. Many of our students take advanced courses years ahead of the usual entry age. The ICT skills are used right across our curriculum from Sciences to Arts from Mathematics to Physical Education. We also run courses for all of Haringey’s primary schools to help them to progress in ICT.
The Arts Mark Gold – the award is made for the astonishing level of student performance and enrichment activity in art, dance music and drama. This is also an area where we support local primary schools in music teaching.
The Sports Mark award – recognises not only the skills and performance of our students, but the training programmes we offer in the evenings and weekends to our own pupils and those of our feeder Primary schools.
The school has gained recognition as an Investor in People (IIP) with full marks for the way we were able to demonstrate the quality training, support and promotion prospects we offer to all our staff.
As the first school in London to receive the Mathematics and Computing Specialist Status, we not only received extra funding and facilities, we also gained a national profile.
Schools Direct Training School – this is in recognition of the training Gladesmore offers to its staff to develop learning and teaching and to train teachers in partnership with Universities.The school has excellent facilities. We have a building capable of meeting any educational challenge of the twenty first century. But our greatest asset is our staff. Teachers and support staff are truly astonishing in terms of their dedication and commitment to their work. Each adult worker puts the students’ interests first and get real fulfilment out of seeing them succeed.
We pride ourselves on the supportive atmosphere of the school and the way that all our working is geared to ensuring that all our young people achieve their true potential. This quality does not arise by chance; it is the product of intensive planning and training in which we all participate and the school has excellent facilities and these are being gradually further upgraded. This will leave us with a building capable of meeting any educational challenge of the twenty first century but our greatest asset of all is our staff.
Our teachers and support staff are truly astonishing in terms of their dedication and commitment to their work. All our adults put the students’ interests first and get real fulfilment out of seeing them succeed. We pride ourselves on the supportive atmosphere of the school and the way that all our work is geared to ensuring that all our young people achieve their true potential. This quality does not arise by chance; it is the product of intensive planning and training in which we all participate and a very precise recruitment procedure.
Our recruitment programme targets teachers and support staff not just for their academic qualifications and experience, we particularly seek out people who really care about the progress of the individual. Members of staff reflect the school population in terms of ethnic and cultural diversity. Once appointed, we expect that they will continue with an appropriate programme of professional development which emphasises teamwork and the sharing of good practice. The school also runs a Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) which is employment based teacher training giving university graduates a chance for success in the profession. If these GTPs are successful they join other Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) on our induction programmes. The quality of this training has been highly praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate.
There is also training at the senior and leadership level and this is done as a Leaders Training School. Gladesmore is an extremely happy school where people genuinely enjoy working – the result is a low turnover of staff which provides stability and further fosters a large family feel.
Gladesmore’s results have continued to improve year on year. Achievement is now above the national average. The progress children make between starting out in Year 7 and on leaving after Year 11 both academically in in their personal development is impressive.
Although we are proud of our children's achievements, we believe that our pupils' will do even better as we improve year-on-year. We have goals that defy usual expectations of an inner-city school. The staff and governors are determined to excel and set new records for our school.
Gladesmore are celebrating sensational GCSE results this year continuing their year on year trend of setting the new records.
Headteacher, Tony Hartney CBE said: "I am so proud of our students. They are magnificent young people. They deserve this success and I feel so thrilled that they will now be able to take the next step towards successful futures. Special tribute also goes to the staff who have given their all to ensure this success. They are a truly amazing group of professionals who make Gladesmore the wonderful place it is.
Gladesmore students have again exceeded expectations and demonstrated just what can be achieved by a school in an economically disadvantaged inner city area. The ethos of respect, enthusiasm, cooperation and hard work is the norm between students, carers and school staff. There is a family atmosphere in the school where students are encouraged and nurtured to do their best.