Barlby High School


Name Barlby High School
Website http://www.barlbyhighschool.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
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Address York Road, Barlby, Selby, YO8 5JP
Phone Number 01757706161
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 544 (54.2% boys 45.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Academy Sponsor Hope Learning Trust, York
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.7%
Persistent Absence 12.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 2.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 March 2013)
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This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average sized school. There are more boys than girls. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also lower than that usually found. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium, which provides extra funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, for those looked after by the local authority and for pupils of service families, is below average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. Most students are of White British heritage and there are few students with English as an additional language. The school holds specialist status in sport. It is an Enhanced Mainstream School for specific learning difficulties and also provides support to local schools for individual students with dyslexia. Small numbers of students attend Selby College and Selby Pupil Referral Unit They follow programmes designed to support their preparation for employment and also courses to improve their social skills. Barlby High is a nationally accredited Healthy School, an Investor in People and holds Eco School (bronze) status. It has also received the Career and Continuing Professional Development Quality Mark. There have been significant staff changes since the previous inspection, including the appointment of a new headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students make better progress in their studies than they did at the time of the previous inspection. All groups of students achieve well from their starting points. Standards in a range of subjects, including English and mathematics, are above average by the time they leave. Progress and attainment in science and in the wide range of vocational subjects are particularly good. The leadership of teaching and learning is strong. The quality of teaching has improved markedly over the past two years and is now good. Teachers know their subjects well and have good relationships with their students. Teachers and teaching assistants provide focused and effective support in class for those students who sometimes find the work difficult. Students are proud of their school and feel safe within its walls because, in their view, ‘the site is secure and the staff are very approachable when we have any difficulties’. Students behave well in lessons and around the school and they enjoy learning. Leadership and management at all levels, including the governing body, are good and have led to marked improvements in teaching and achievement since 2010. The headteacher and acting deputy headteacher lead by example. Their view about how the school can move forward is shared by all staff. Sports College status continues to have a positive impact within school and also in the local community. Local primary schools pay tribute to the strong yet sensitive support their dyslexic pupils receive from Barlby staff. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is inspirational and outstanding. Teachers do not always set work that helps students of all abilities make good or better progress or use methods to catch their interests. Marking does not always give enough advice on how to improve. The sharing of good and outstanding classroom practice is not yet fully developed across the school.