|Name||All Saints Catholic School and Technology College|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||08 October 2013|
|Address||Terling Road, Wood Lane, Dagenham, Essex, RM8 1JT|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||1411 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.1|
|Local Authority||Barking and Dagenham|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||49.5%|
Information about this school
The school is a larger than average secondary school, with a large sixth form. It is a Catholic school within the diocese of Brentwood. Some students come from outside the local authority to attend it. There are more boys than girls in all year groups. All Saints is one of four schools in the North East Consortium that cooperate to provide sixth form education in the local area. An extensive building programme is currently taking place which will allow the school to increase the number of places offered to students. This is due to be completed next year. Students come from a wide range of minority ethnic groups. The biggest groups of students are from African and White British backgrounds. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is low compared with other schools. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs and supported through school action is higher than average. The proportion of students supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of students who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding provided for students eligible for free school meals, looked after children and children from service families, is just above the national average. The school is a national teaching school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 4. Students rarely attend off-site alternative education provision. Most students were entered early for examinations in science and English in 2013.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Most students make good progress from average starting points. This means that when they leave the school they achieve examination results that are above the national average in many subjects. The sixth form is good. Leaders have started to address the 2012 slump in achievement at AS level and standards improved last year. The quality of teaching is good in most lessons. Some teaching is outstanding. Teachers use questioning skilfully to promote students’ learning. Students respect the ethos of the school, are polite, considerate and behave well. Attendance is high. The headteacher models the behaviour he expects from others and sets high standards that drive the school forward. He challenges students to be the best that they can be, encouraging them to have equally high aspirations for themselves. He supports other schools to bring about improvements across the wider community. Leaders and governors work closely together to ensure that they are effective in sustaining and driving improvement. Governors provide strong levels of challenge and high levels of support. They offer a wide range of skills and expertise that school leaders can draw on. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always fully extend students’ learning by providing high quality feedback or opportunities to develop independent learning skills. Not all teachers take account of students’ starting points when they plan lessons. Some students then make less progress than they could.