Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School

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Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School


Name Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School
Website http://www.bishopullathorne.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
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.
Address Leasowes Avenue, Coventry, CV3 6BH
Phone Number 02476414515
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 984 (48.1% boys 51.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Academy Sponsor Holy Cross Catholic Multi Academy Company
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 15%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26.7%
Persisitent Absence 8.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (08 December 2010)
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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 the school

Bishop Ullathorne is a smaller than average school with a small sixth form. It has held specialist humanities status since 2006. The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is similar to average. The percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. Most pupils have English as their first language. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. A majority of pupils travel to school by bus from outside of the school’s immediate neighbourhood. The school is part of the South West Coventry Federation of five secondary schools and a local further education college.

Main findings

Bishop Ullathorne is a good school. Pupils feel safe, enjoy school life and flourish because : of the good care, guidance and support they receive. They value the school’s warm and friendly atmosphere. Pupils behave well and most have good attitudes to learning. Pupils make a valuable contribution to many school and community-based activities. Many of the skills that pupils develop prepare them well for their future economic prosperity. Almost all move on into further education or employment. Attendance rates are improving but remain satisfactory; rates vary between groups and actions to resolve this have not been fully successful. Most pupils are reflective and thoughtful. They develop well socially and personally. Pupils begin school with average prior attainment and leave school with above average results. Results in external tests have improved markedly. In 2010, a higher than average percentage of pupils gained more than five A* to C GCSE grades including English and mathematics. Results in mathematics improved significantly to above average in 2010, although a minority of pupils do not make enough progress in this subject because : teaching is not always fully effective. Pupils make good progress in lessons. Learning and progress in English is particularly good. No groups of pupils underachieve. Pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities make consistently good progress. The majority of lessons are good. Teachers help pupils to attain well but a minority do not always provide sufficient challenge to ensure that all pupils make the maximum progress possible. Assessment during lessons, although exemplary in some, is not always used consistently well enough. Teachers manage lessons well but, in a few cases, less effective behaviour management results in minor disruption to learning. The school’s curriculum has been developed well to meet pupils’ needs, particularly through partnerships. The headteacher and senior leaders drive improvement in attainment successfully with a strong focus on making sure almost all pupils gain English and mathematics GCSE qualifications. Their recent work to ensure that all pupils maximise their full potential through a sharper focus on learning is being realised. Thorough monitoring and analysis of the quality of lessons means that managers know well what needs to be done to develop teachers’ practice further. However, managers’ actions based on the results of this analysis are not always rigorous enough to ensure that the best practice is widespread across all lessons. Self-evaluation is thorough, accurate and serves the school well in its drive for further improvement and supports its good capacity to improve further. The effectiveness of the sixth form is good. Significant improvement has taken place in all aspects of provision, resulting in good outcomes for students. A number of initiatives to improve support for students and to make sure that the curriculum is broad and meets students needs have worked well. Entry requirements have been rightly raised. Students develop well personally and socially. They make good use of their study in moving on to further or higher education or employment.