Helston Community College

Name Helston Community College
Website http://www.helston.cornwall.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 19 November 2013
Address Church Hill, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8NR
Phone Number 01326572685
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1318 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Academy Sponsor Southerly Point Co-Operative Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 11.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%
Persisitent Absence 17.3%
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

Helston Community College is a very large college, on three different sites, which became part of Co-operative Education Trust in June 2013. The wider Foundation Trust, of which they have been part of since in September 2009, includes partners from both higher and further education, the Diocese of Truro, a local secondary school, nine primary schools, the county council and the local careers advice provider. The college draws students from an extensive rural catchment area. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported by school action is above that found nationally. Those supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. The percentage of student known to be eligible for the additional government funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals, those who are looked after and students with a parent of the armed services, which is called the pupil premium, is below average. The vast majority of students are from a White British background. The college had a mathematics subject inspection in May 2012. The college makes use of alternative provision for a few students at Nine Maidens Short Stay School. Helston Day Care Nursery provides childcare for up to 30 children on the same site and is reported on separately. The college meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students have extremely positive attitudes towards school and each other. Outstanding behaviour helps students enjoy learning and keep safe. Teaching is good and helping students make good progress in lessons and over time. By the end of Year 11, students have made good progress in a range of subjects. More-able students achieve very well and exceed national expectations. The sixth form is good and standards are continuing to rise. Students’ attendance is above average and the students are enthusiastic to stay on at college in the sixth form. The headteacher is ambitious for all the students in school and for their futures. He works tirelessly with the governors to broaden the vision of students’ vision of what they could achieve. Governors and senior leaders have a good understanding of what still needs to be put right, based on accurate evaluation. They have shown they can make the adjustments to the quality of teaching necessary for further rapid improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The teaching in the English department does not yet provide sufficient challenge, particularly for middle ability boys. The literacy and numeracy needs of the students are not given enough attention in all subjects. The college is still working on ways to ensure students gain a better understanding of life in contemporary British society.