Caludon Castle School


Name Caludon Castle School
Website http://www.caludoncastle.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Axholme Road, Wyken, Coventry, CV2 5BD
Phone Number 02476444822
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1539 (49.3% boys 50.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.1
Academy Sponsor Castle Phoenix Trust
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 10.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.6%
Persisitent Absence 11%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 January 2016)
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Information about this school

This is a large secondary school which converted to academy status in March 2013 and is part of the Castle Phoenix Trust. When its predecessor school of the same name was last inspected it was judged to be outstanding. The academy has a collaborative sixth form with 18 other schools across the Coventry Federation. A very small number of pupils follow vocational courses at Hereward College. A very small number also follow courses at Moor Farm Stables, Heart of England Training or Woodlands School. The academy is a teaching school and the lead school within the Castle Phoenix Teaching Alliance. The headteacher is a National Leader of Education and facilitates school-to-school support across the alliance. The proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with a disability or special educational needs is above the national average. The majority of pupils are White British and the vast majority speak English as their first language. The academy meets the current government floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, leaders and governors have successfully created a culture where every pupil is valued, supported and encouraged to achieve the best that they can. The quality of care and guidance is excellent. Leaders and governors have an accurate view of the academy’s strengths and weaknesses because : they regularly review their own work and the difference it is making to teaching and to pupils’ learning. Pupils enter the academy with skills that are broadly average. Attainment at the end of Year 11 is above national averages. Progress in English is well above that seen nationally. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress because of the excellent care and good support that staff provide. Teaching is good across the academy overall and in English, drama, music; history and science inspectors saw evidence of outstanding teaching over time. Teachers are using the academy’s new assessment system effectively to plan lessons that meet the needs of pupils well. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength in the academy. Pupils in the main school and learners in the sixth form have an excellent understanding of the wider world, their responsibilities as future citizens and the importance of respect and tolerance. Behaviour is good in lessons and around the academy because the expectations of leaders and teachers are high. Pupils arrive at lessons keen to learn. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders have ensured that systems are in place to rapidly identify and address any concerns that may arise. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Progress in mathematics has been slower than it should be, although it is now improving. In some instances, communication of information is not organised well enough. Learners in the sixth form make less progress in academic subjects than in work-related qualifications.