Ashcroft High School

Name Ashcroft High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Crawley Green Road, Luton, LU2 9AG
Phone Number 01582436100
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1175 (51.1% boys 48.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Local Authority Luton
Percentage Free School Meals 21%
Percentage English is Not First Language 33.2%
Persisitent Absence 11%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (24 October 2013)
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Information about this school

Ashcroft High School is an average-sized secondary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is above average. This is additional funding allocated by the government for groups of pupils, including those looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The number of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is much higher than in most schools of this size, and the proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is also well above average. The proportion of students receiving extra support through school action, school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of students by the end of Year 11. The headteacher supports two local schools by working as a mentor to their headteachers. The school offers work-related training on construction for three groups of Key Stage 4 students through its partnership with Stopsley High School.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Achievement is good and standards are rising at GCSE. Students of all abilities make good progress from typically low starting points on entry to the school. Students make outstanding progress in English and GCSE pass rates are above average. Standards in mathematics are improving well: the proportion of higher-grade passes has increased and progress is now good. The school offers excellent support for disabled students and those who have special educational needs, who make good and sometimes outstanding progress. Students’ standards of speaking and listening are developed well throughout the school. Students behave well, are very attentive in lessons and say they feel safe in school and enjoy coming to school. The headteacher provides outstanding leadership through high expectations for achievement and behaviour, a clear vision for school development and highly effective arrangements for developing teaching. The school uses information on students’ progress very effectively to identify areas for improvement and to target individual support. Subject leaders use a wide range of evidence to monitor standards and use it very well to plan further actions. Governors offer a good level of challenge to school leaders, check progress with school plans carefully and are very actively involved in the life of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement in mathematics is not as high as in English, especially for students supported by the pupil premium. Teachers do not match the work well enough to students’ previous learning in some science lessons. Teachers do not always correct written work quickly and make sure that students think about how to do better in the future. Some teachers do not explain in enough detail what they expect of the most able students in their groups.