Allerton Grange School


Name Allerton Grange School
Website http://www.allertongrange.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Talbot Avenue, Leeds, LS17 6SF
Phone Number 01133930304
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1605 (51.2% boys 48.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Local Authority Leeds
Percentage Free School Meals 25.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 19.1%
Persistent Absence 12.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (04 February 2020)
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What is it like to attend this school?

This is a multicultural school and pupils enjoy the diversity. There is a real family atmosphere. Pupils are happy and feel safe. They are polite and proud of their school. They wear their uniform with pride and are excellent ambassadors for their school. The relationship between pupils and staff is strong.

Pupils like the fact that they see a wide range of staff around the school throughout the school day. Pupils value the support they receive from their teachers and the pastoral support staff. Pupils know there is always someone willing to help them out should they or their friends have any worries.

Leaders want the best for every pupil. The curriculum is challenging, but there is support in place to make sure that all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), can access the work and make progress.

Pupils and teachers agree that behaviour has improved over the last few years. The atmosphere in lessons and around school is now calm and business like. Bullying is rare. When it does arise, pupils agree that school staff deal with it well.

Parents and carers are very positive about the school. They say that their children are happy and make good progress. We agree.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have been quick to respond to the areas for improvement identified in the last inspection. As a result, the quality of education has improved. The school is gaining the confidence of its community.

Leaders have a very clear vision for the school. Their curriculum focuses on knowledge. Leaders and teachers understand the need to develop the literacy skills of pupils. The Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) sessions are one example of this. Leaders want every pupil to aim high and fulfil their potential. Leaders also aim to give pupils the skills to be successful in the modern world.

Curriculum leaders have developed an effective curriculum. Teachers look carefully at the most sensible way to order the topics they cover. They understand that it is necessary to return regularly to key skills and knowledge. Pupils are now remembering more important knowledge than they have in the past. Consequently, examination results have improved too. However, leaders know they must continue to focus on those few subjects where the curriculum is less effective.

There is a well-planned programme, with a strong ethos of tolerance and respect, to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. The school also provides many activities at the end of the school day, including sports, music and drama clubs. Pupils value these opportunities. Leaders are now looking to ensure that all pupil groups benefit from these activities.

Pupils with SEND learn alongside their peers. Parents are very positive about the provision for pupils with SEND. Pupils with SEND enjoy lessons with their peers. They value the support they get. The pre-teaching of vocabulary in English, mathematics and science is particularly useful.

Teachers manage pupils’ behaviour well. If pupils do not follow the school rules, teachers follow procedures consistently. Pupils understand the consequences if they misbehave. Pupils understand why they have received sanctions. They appreciate the support of staff to improve their behaviour. Pupils feel that teachers treat them fairly. However, leaders know that they have not won the hearts and minds of a minority of pupils. These pupils are subject to school sanctions on too regular a basis.

Governors are key in driving the school forward. The governors are well informed. They have both the skills and confidence to hold leaders to account.

Staff feel valued and supported and proud to be working in this school. They appreciate leaders’ efforts to make their workload manageable. Teachers now feel they are focusing on the work that brings most benefit to pupils.

Students enjoy the sixth form and have very positive attitudes. They appreciate the support they get and feel that they are well prepared for their intended studies at university or their future careers. They enjoy and appreciate the new and improved enrichment offer. In both A-level and vocational courses, students are supported to become effective learners and most make the progress expected of them.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders provide effective training for all members of staff, including governors. They keep them up to date through regular bulletins. Pastoral leaders build strong relationships with pupils. As a result, pupils have the confidence to talk to staff if they have a problem or are concerned about a friend. Staff are prepared to go the extra mile. They make themselves available to pupils outside the working day and during holidays.

Leaders make sure that pupils are well informed about risks to their safety. The curriculum helps pupils to recognise when they might be vulnerable.

The register that records the checks on all adults in school is thorough and compliant with all the legal requirements. Pre-employment checks make sure that the adults the school employs are suitable to work with children.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

The curriculum for a small minority of subjects has not been developed as effectively as for most other subjects. This is more noticeable in the sixth form. As a result, pupils are not experiencing the benefits of the new curriculum in some subjects. Leaders should ensure that the knowledge-rich curriculum is embedded across all subjects and all three key stages. . Leaders have only just started to check rigorously enough which pupils are attending extra-curricular activities. Consequently, there are some pupil groups who are not participating as much and not experiencing the obvious benefits. Leaders should ensure that all pupils benefit from the range of extra-curricular activities. . Behaviour is good, but there is a small group of re-offenders. These pupils repeatedly experience sanctions and as a consequence, their learning suffers. Leaders should reduce the number of pupils who regularly experience sanctions.