Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

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Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Name Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Address Potters Green Road, Coventry, CV2 2AJ
Phone Number 02476617231
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1206 (46.4% boys 53.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.0
Academy Sponsor The Romero Catholic Academy
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 26.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 40.8%
Persisitent Absence 20.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 March 2018)
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Information about this school

The school opened as an academy on 1 August 2015 as part of the Romero Catholic Multi Academy Company. The company is made up of seven primary schools: Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School; and one secondary school, which is Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School. The MAC is governed by a board of directors. A local academy committee oversees the work of school. This committee reports directly to the board of directors. A small number of pupils are educated in full-time alternative provision at The Edge Free School Birmingham. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is above the national average as is the percentage of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The school meets the government’s floor standards for secondary schools. When the school’s predecessor school was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be inadequate.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The multi-academy company (MAC) did not support the school effectively between 2015 and 2017 because some key decisions were delayed. As a result, until recently, many pupils underachieved significantly. The MAC’s capacity to support the school is still limited. Current pupils are making better progress because leaders are making effective changes to teaching, learning and assessment. However, overall, their progress is not yet good because the quality of teaching is variable. The progress of some groups of pupils in science is particularly weak. Their progress in English and mathematics is broadly in line with that of other pupils nationally. The provision of careers information, advice and guidance needs to be developed. Non-qualification activity in the sixth form is not well tracked. As a result, students do not all receive the opportunities they are entitled to. New governance arrangements are more effective than in past. Current arrangements are only temporary and will be reviewed at the end of 2018. Pupils’ attendance, while improving, is below the national average. Students’ attendance and punctuality in the sixth form is improving but is not monitored carefully enough. Pupils’ behaviour around the school is improving but is not yet consistently calm. The school has the following strengths The new headteacher and his committed senior team have an accurate understanding of what needs to be improved. They have made rapid, effective changes to improve the quality of education for pupils. The highly effective executive headteacher supports school leaders well. Outcomes in languages are exceptional. Pupils who join the school with limited English language skills are effectively supported by the languages department and make strong progress in a range of subjects as a result. Newly appointed middle leaders are a strong team that has the capacity to further improve their areas of responsibility.