Corfe Hills School

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About Corfe Hills School

Name Corfe Hills School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr James Sankey
Address Higher Blandford Road, Broadstone, BH18 9BG
Phone Number 01202006666
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 13-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 909
Local Authority Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders have high expectations of pupils, to which pupils respond very well.

Pupils behave maturely and responsibly throughout the day. Any pupils who disrupt learning realise very quickly that this is unacceptable. Pupils are punctual to lessons and engage well with their learning.

Pupils attend school regularly and are delighted to be back in familiar routines. Pupils are safe and content. They understand the dangers of the internet.

Recently, pupils have received more information about the impact of sexual harassment. This has made a substantial impression on many, for the better. This epitomises leaders' determination to do the right things swiftly.
<>They care about the moral aspects of pupils' education as well as the academic.

Pupils' well-being is central to the way leaders provide education, in school and out. Extra-curricular activities are starting again, so that pupils can develop their own unique talents beyond subjects learned.

Leaders understand that recent times have affected many in the school community emotionally. Leaders are considerate of this and, as a result, staff and pupils thrive in school. Pupils do not think bullying happens very often and, if it does, it is dealt with effectively.

Pupils are confident to report any concerns they have.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Governors are strategic, with clear oversight from members of the trust. They have ensured that the school's vision is ambitious and achievable.

They hold leaders to account and manage public funds efficiently. There is an active, purposeful relationship with school leaders that enhances the life of the school.

Leaders' improvements in teaching and learning enable pupils to reach their potential, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Teachers are secure in their subject knowledge. Pupils learn the right things in a systematic way that helps them retain knowledge over time.

In Year 9, staff work with feeder schools to make sure pupils' transition is seamless.

From a welfare perspective, this is very successful. Leaders are still developing the academic transition to ensure that pupils are well prepared for what they will go on to study. It is similar when pupils move from Year 11 to 12.

In Years 9 and 10, pupils listen to teachers read novels that have stood the test of time and have cultural and historical significance. Sixth-form students engage with intellectually stimulating articles to broaden their understanding of politics and current affairs. It is too soon to see the impact of this, but students are enjoying it so far.

Weaker readers in Years 9 and 10, except those pupils with SEND, are not supported well enough to improve their reading. They do not read regularly enough and are not provided with suitable books to improve their decoding skills. As a result, their reading is less fluent than it should be.

Pupils guess words or miss them out.

Teachers check pupils' understanding regularly, both formally and informally, to ensure that pupils are learning effectively over time. This helps pupils to retain important facts.

Leaders are also mindful of teachers' workload and ensure that the use of assessment is manageable.

As result of the success of Spanish, the proportion of pupils taking the suite of subjects known as the English Baccalaureate is rising. Leaders' promotion of training in every subject is strengthening the curriculum offer.

The behaviour of pupils is a strength of the school. Leaders have ensured sustained changes to the way that behaviour is managed following the implementation of a new behaviour policy just before the previous inspection. Leaders have made further adjustments to the behaviour policy following the third national lockdown.

While some parents express concern about the new behaviour routines in Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, many pupils state that learning is not disrupted anymore.

Pupils' personal, social, health and economic education is well-planned and continues from Years 9 to 13. Pupils learn how to become respectful citizens in 21st century Britain.

They receive helpful advice on their next steps in education or training. The school invites neighbouring schools and colleges to a careers fair in time for pupils to choose post-14 choices, in line with the requirements of the Baker clause.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders are proactive in making sure pupils are safe. Staff receive training on the latest safeguarding updates, including the recommendations from Ofsted's Sexual Abuse Review.

Most staff recognise the pupils who need support because of vulnerabilities.

The designated safeguarding leaders work efficiently with various agencies and the local authority to support pupils' needs.

Leaders and governors have received training in safer recruitment so that the appointment of staff is secure. There were some minor issues on staff recruitment checks, but these were remedied during the inspection.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Weaker readers are not always provided with enough support. This means that some pupils struggle to read with fluency. Leaders should ensure that pupils, who require additional support with reading, have suitable books that match their phonics knowledge.

• The academic transition between Years 8 and 9, and Year 11 and the sixth form, is not preparing pupils sufficiently for the next stages of their learning. Consequently, pupils are dealing with too many new concepts when they arrive at school or start their studies in the sixth form. Subject leaders need to ensure that the curriculum builds incrementally on what pupils already know.

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