Pupil Performance

We judge this to be requiring improvement though progress has been made since the last Ofsted inspection.

Strengths

  • The proportion of students making expected and exceeding expected progress in English is above the national average
  • Levels of progress at the end of KS4 have increased across a wide range of subjects, including science and RE
  • The gap in attainment between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students has decreased overall in terms of 3+ and 4+ levels of progress
  • In a large number of subjects there is a larger proportion of students making 3+ and 4+ levels of progress compared to the previous year
  • Attainment for the most able students has risen steadily in recent years, particularly in core and additional science, biology, chemistry, physics, ICT and GCSE PE. This is also true of mathematics although it is recognised that this is still below the national average
  • Attainment post-16 has improved, with fewer U/X grades and a greater proportion of A*-A and A*-B grades than in the previous year. The average point score per entry has also increased slightly.
  • The school demonstrates increasing success in providing equality of opportunity
  • A significant majority of students enjoy their lessons
  • Students in the sixth form are particularly positive about their experiences

Objectives for Improvement

  • To raise achievement overall by making sure that all teaching is consistently good with more that is outstanding
  • To raise achievement in mathematics and increase the percentage of students making 3+ levels of progress from their individual starting points to greater than 60%
  • To maintain the recent improvements in attainment in all science disciplines by maintaining the number of students making 3+ and 4+ levels of progress from their individual starting points
  • To ensure that the percentage of students making 3+ levels of progress in all subjects matches or exceeds the national figure
  • To bring the percentage of students attaining five or more GCSE passes at A* - C including English and Mathematics in line with the national average
  • To address identified anomalies in assessment at key stage 3
  • To address underperformance in the following subjects at key stage 4; food studies, media and religious studies. At key stage 5, address particular underperformance in, biology AS, chemistry AS, history AS, PE AS, sociology AS, physics AS & A2 and media studies AS & A2
  • Bring overall value-added performance of AS qualifications closer to national performance.
  • To ensure effective implementation of intervention strategies

Evidence

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