Christopher Whitehead Language College

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Christopher Whitehead Language College

Name Christopher Whitehead Language College
Ofsted Inspections
Address Bromwich Road, St John’s, Worcester, WR2 4AF
Phone Number 01905423906
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1434 (46.4% boys 53.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.8
Academy Sponsor Christopher Whitehead Language College
Local Authority Worcestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 18%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.3%
Persistent Absence 11.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.2%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Christopher Whitehead is larger than the average-sized secondary school.

The school is a stand-alone academy. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is broadly average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average.

The sixth form opened in 2015. The first cohort to take A levels was in 2017. The headteacher has been in post for 15 years.

No pupils attend off-site alternative provision. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress by the end of Year 11.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Christopher Whitehead is an inclusive school where leaders and staff meet the needs of a wide range of pupils effectively.

Pupils' personal development and well-being are outstanding. Pupils behave very well and have positive attitudes to their learning. Rates of exclusion are low.

Attendance rates are consistently above average. Persistent absence is low. The promotion of British values and pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a significant strength of the school.

Pupils enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum. A wide range of subjects is on offer, backed up by an extensive enrichment programme. Pupils' overall attainment, including in English and mathematics, was above the national average at GCSE in 2017.

The proportion of pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) in 2017 was well above the national average. A high proportion of students take a humanities subject and a modern foreign language at GCSE. Leadership, support and provision are effective for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities.

This enables these pupils to make good progress. Pupils receive effective careers advice which prepares them well for their future. Teaching over time is good.

In some subjects, such as English, it is outstanding. As a result, pupils make good progress overall. There is less challenge and lower expectations for some lower attaining pupils in modern foreign languages.

In this subject, marking and feedback are not consistently in line with the school's policy. Completion and retention rates are very high in the sixth form. All pupils leaving school go on to further education, employment and training.

Many secure places at top universities. The progress of students in the sixth form in 2017 was below the national average. Outcomes at GCSE for disadvantaged pupils were low in 2017.

The evaluation of the pupil premium and Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is not thorough enough. Leaders do not focus sufficiently on disadvantaged pupils as a priority for the school. Governors do not challenge leaders on the impact of the funding on these pupils' outcomes with enough rigour.