Copleston High School

Name Copleston High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2013
Address Copleston Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5HD
Phone Number 01473277240
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1775 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Academy Sponsor Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 8.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.2%
Persisitent Absence 12.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average secondary school. Less than a fifth of students are from minority ethnic groups. The proportions of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are broadly average. The proportion of students whose first language is not English is below that found nationally. The proportion of students who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for specific students, including those known to be eligible for free school meals) is below average. A small number of students attend off-site provision at Suffolk New College and Otley College. A few sixth form students study courses at other local schools within the North-East Ipswich partnership. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum levels expected for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school provides well for its students and as a result, their achievement is good. Students arrive in school with attainment which is broadly average for their age. By the end of Year 11, their examination results are better than the national average. Teaching and learning are good in most lessons. Some teaching is outstanding. Students who need extra help are given good support. As a result, they are making at least as good progress as other students and the gaps between different groups are closing. Students’ numeracy and literacy skills are developed well through a range of activities. Teaching assistants and support workers contribute well in lessons and make sure that all students understand their tasks. Behaviour is outstanding in lessons and around the school. Students show respect for each other, adults and equipment. Students are keen to play their part in the school’s success. They say they feel valued and respected and appreciate the range of opportunities available to them. The sixth form is good. Students make progress because of good or better teaching. The Principal and senior staff lead the school well. They check teaching carefully and make sure that the standard of students’ learning remains high. Leaders have high ambitions for the school and its students. This is equally true for personal development as well academic achievement. School self-evaluation is accurate. Senior staff know the school’s strengths and where improvement is required. The governing body is effective and shares the school’s high ambition. They make sure that staff are held to account for the school’s performance and the quality of teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a small minority of lessons, students do not make enough progress because activities are not sufficiently well linked to students’ abilities.