Bay House School

Name Bay House School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Gomer Lane, Gosport, PO12 2QP
Phone Number 02392587931
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 2201 (50.4% boys 49.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.4
Academy Sponsor Gfm Education
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 13.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.7%
Persistent Absence 16.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 March 2014)
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Information about this school

Bay House School & Sixth Form converted to become an academy school on 1 January 2012. When its predecessor school of the same name was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. With over 2,000 students, Bay House School & Sixth Form is much larger than the average-sized secondary school. The sixth form has over 400 students on roll. Most students are from White British backgrounds and almost all speak English as their first language. The proportion of disabled students and those supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. No students are supported specifically through school action. The proportion of students for whom the school receives the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for looked after children, students known to be eligible for free school meals and other groups, is just below the national average. Around one in 10 students joining the school are eligible for Year 7 catch-up funding, which is for those who did not achieve the expected levels in reading and mathematics at the end of primary school. A very small number of students attend the Enterprise Academy, which is run by Bay House School, and other local vocational courses and placements which provide educational provision that better meets their individual needs. The school meets the government?s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students? attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is an increasingly successful school because outstanding leadership at all levels is securing rapid improvements in the quality of teaching and learning. The sixth form is outstanding in all respects. Overall, the achievement of students is good. Students make exceptional progress in English; GCSE grades in 2013 were much higher than the national average. Achievement in mathematics is now good because of the considerable drive to improve teaching and rates of students? progress. Teaching is good overall and sometimes outstanding. This means that all groups of students, including those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged, make good progress. The provision and support for disabled students and those with special educational needs is particularly strong. School leaders ensure that students in the school behave sensibly and courteously so that the school is an orderly and safe place in which to learn. The headteacher leads and manages this very large school with significant moral purpose. Senior and middle leaders share and contribute to his secure vision for the school. Governors are very effective in their role of checking outcomes, developing policies and contributing to the direction of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Improvements to teaching are not yet fully embedded so have not yet had an impact on GCSE results in mathematics and languages particularly. Teachers do not always help students to develop the strong personal learning skills required for achievement at the highest levels.