|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||10 December 2014|
|Address||Green Lane, Yarm, Cleveland, TS15 9ET|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||1294 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.1|
|Academy Sponsor||The 1590 Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||12.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is much larger than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students eligible for support through the pupil premium is low. The pupil premium provides additional funding to support disadvantaged students, including those known to be eligible for free school meals and students looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is low. The majority of students are of White British heritage. The proportion who speak English as an additional language is below average. The school met the government’s floor standards in 2013. These are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 11. The school makes use of off-site provision for students who study engineering in Years 10 to 13. The school takes a lead in the local authority in providing middle leadership training and improving teaching in other schools. The school has experienced a high volume of staff turnover in the last two years. During that time 30 teachers have left the school and have been replaced with new staff. Conyers School converted to become an academy school on 1 February 2013. When its predecessor school was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding overall.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The ambitious vision and excellent leadership of the headteacher create an ethos which motivates students and staff continuously to do their best. Students’ attainment has been significantly above the national average since the previous inspection. The vast majority of students make good progress from their starting points and their achievement is good. Students’ behaviour is exemplary in classrooms and during social times. Movement around the school is orderly and calm. Outstanding pastoral care ensures students feel secure and are safe in school. The sixth form is good and results are improving quickly. It is highly successful in preparing students to move on to higher education, including prestigious universities and Oxbridge, Further Education colleges, training and employment. Excellent relationships, high expectations of behaviour and effort underpin good quality teaching and learning. Support staff make a strong contribution to the achievement and well-being of students. A constant focus on the professional development of staff is central to the school’s drive for high-quality teaching, outstanding pastoral support and the successful leadership of both senior and middle leaders. Together, senior and middle leaders provide excellent support for the school’s development. Rapid improvement in the quality of middle leadership saw students’ achievement rise steeply in 2014. Governors are very well informed about teaching and learning in the school. They hold the school rigorously to account for its performance, share the headteacher’s ambitious vision, and provide excellent support for its development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough of the most able students attain the highest grades across the curriculum. Disadvantaged students do not always progress at the same rate as other students, especially in English and mathematics.