|Name||Barr’s Hill School and Community College|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Address||Radford Road, Coventry, CV1 4BU|
|Number of Pupils||709 (55.7% boys 44.3% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.0|
|Academy Sponsor||The Futures Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||28.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||57.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||13.9%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (18 September 2018)
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Information about this school
The school is a smaller than average secondary school. The school is a member of the Futures Trust multi-academy trust. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations set for pupils’ attainment and progress. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. Part-time, one/two days per week, off-site alternative provision is currently provided for seven pupils in Years 10 and 11 at Coventry City Council’s ‘work-related learning’ programme.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The recently appointed headteacher and his dedicated leadership team have an unwavering determination to improve this school. They know their school very well and have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Their self-evaluation is robust and accurate. Outcomes in the past have been weak. Recent outcomes for pupils are markedly improved. This is because of effective teaching and a newly designed, balanced curriculum. Leaders track pupils’ performance rigorously, so that they can put effective support in place when pupils fall behind and need to catch up. Senior leaders evaluate rigorously the quality of teaching. They support teachers to continuously improve their practice. Staff training is highly effective and supports leaders’ drive for excellence. Leaders, governors and the trust have, in a short period of time, created a culture and ethos around the school which is inclusive and driven towards high outcomes for all learners. The school operates a mantra of ‘students first’. Behaviour in lessons and at social times is good. Pupils are courteous, friendly and well mannered. They speak with confidence about their learning. Pupils feel safe at school and are complimentary about the pastoral support they receive when they need it. Pupils feel valued and cared for. Governors hold leaders to account effectively. They are dedicated and know the strengths of the school and what actions need to be taken to improve further. Parents, staff and pupils are supportive of school leaders and feel that the school has improved markedly since the appointment of the new headteacher. The sixth form is not yet good because : available information is not routinely analysed to inform leaders of where improvements are most urgently needed. Fixed-term exclusions and persistent absences are above national averages. Leaders are aware of this and have robust action plans in place to reduce these.