Research and analysis

Raising standards through literacy

This publication was withdrawn on 27 January 2017

This good practice example has been withdrawn as it is older than 3 years and may no longer reflect current policy.

Ofsted good practice example showing how Cardinal Hume Catholic School raised standards by focusing on reading and writing.



Cardinal Hume Catholic School has been highly successful in raising standards through a focus on reading, speaking and listening, and writing – including writing across the curriculum. In 2012, the school was in the top 1% of schools by ‘value-added’ (a measure of the progress students make between different stages of education), and the proportion of students gaining at least a C in GCSE English was 96%. The school has been highly successful in raising the aspirations of students in an area of above average deprivation.