Caistor Grammar School

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About Caistor Grammar School

Name Caistor Grammar School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Shona Buck
Address Church Street, Caistor, Market Rasen, LN7 6QJ
Phone Number 01472851250
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 687
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud to attend Caistor Grammar School. They thoroughly enjoy their lessons and become independent learners.

Students in the sixth form speak highly of the bespoke support that they receive. Teachers have high expectations of all pupils. They want everyone to experience academic success.

Leaders want pupils to become well-rounded individuals. They prioritise pupils' wider development. One pupil summed this up by saying, 'It's not just about the academic, they look after our emotional health and well-being'.

Leaders have established an inclusive ethos. Pupils feel safe and happy.

Pupils are kind and respectful to each other.

They what bullying is and that they should report any form of bullying or derogatory language. Pupils have confidence that teachers deal with any incidents fairly and swiftly.

Many parents and carers hold the school in high esteem.

As one parent put it: 'I couldn't have asked for a better school for my child; so much support from staff both in the classroom and through the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer.'

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The curriculum is ambitious for all pupils. It has a focus on academic subjects.

All pupils study English, mathematics, science, a modern foreign language and at least one humanities subject into key stage 4. In many subjects, such as religious education, the curriculum is well sequenced so that pupils build on what they learned before. Pupils are highly articulate.

They use subject-specific language and ways of interpreting information.

In most subjects, leaders have identified the concepts they want pupils to know by the end of key stage 3. This is to ensure that if a pupil does not choose to study this subject in key stage 4, they have the necessary knowledge to pick it up at a later stage.

In a few subjects, pupils do not recall these concepts well enough. Some subject leaders have not identified the important knowledge that pupils need to know.

Most teachers' subject knowledge is secure.

They present information clearly and choose activities that help pupils learn. However, this is not always the case. Most teachers use assessment well to check what pupils know and remember.

There are still occasions when teachers do not match assessment to what pupils are learning precisely enough. Some teachers do not address gaps in pupils' knowledge when it is identified through assessment.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have a 'pupil passport'.

This explains the support that they need. Teachers use this to ensure that pupils with SEND achieve well across the curriculum. Pupils with SEND said they felt well supported by teachers.

There is a consistent and well-understood approach to managing behaviour. School life is calm and well ordered. Teachers use assemblies to remind pupils to look out for one another.

This is an environment in which pupils can solely focus on learning.

Leaders are ambitious for students in the sixth form. Students develop detailed knowledge of the subjects they choose to study.

They concentrate on their studies in the area dedicated to sixth-form students. There are lots of opportunities for students in the sixth form to volunteer their time to help others. For example, many students mentor younger pupils.

Sixth-form students are well prepared for future success.

During lunchtimes, there are many extra-curricular activities. Attendance at many of these clubs is high.

Pupils say that this helps them to develop new interests and talents. Leaders ensure that there are three dedicated periods a week for pupils' wider development. In these sessions, pupils learn about relationships education, careers and staying safe.

Pupils describe the debates they engage in about social and moral issues, such as modern slavery.

Trustees understand their statutory responsibilities well. They support and challenge leaders effectively.

Recent appointments have strengthened the board of trustees.

Staff are overwhelmingly proud and motivated to work at this school. They agree that leaders take workload into account when developing and implementing policies.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding leaders are very well trained. They take effective and quick action to safeguard children.

They build an effective working partnership with a range of external agencies. They also challenge these agencies to ensure that the most vulnerable pupils and families are supported.

Leaders ensure that staff are also well trained.

Staff are vigilant and know the signs that may suggest a pupil needs help. All adults in the school understand how to record and report a concern about a pupil.

Pupils know who to speak to if they have a concern.

They know they have access to a counsellor if required.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, leaders have not identified precisely what pupils should know and remember. In these subjects, pupils do not always recall the important knowledge that they need.

Leaders should clarify the curriculum in these subjects. They should identify the important knowledge that pupils should remember. ? Sometimes, assessment is not closely linked to what pupils have been learning.

It does not always identify the gaps in pupils' knowledge. Leaders should ensure that assessment is used effectively to check what pupils know and remember. They should make sure that gaps in knowledge are consistently addressed.

• Not all teachers have the subject knowledge that they need. Explanations are sometimes not as clear as they could be, and sometimes misconceptions are not addressed. Leaders should ensure that staff have the professional development that they need to increase their confidence and the ability to teach some subjects more effectively.

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