Kelvin Hall School

Name Kelvin Hall School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
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 03 February 2015
Address Bricknell Avenue, Hull, HU5 4QH
Phone Number 01482342229
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1400 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Academy Sponsor Yorkshire And The Humber Co-Operative Learning Trust
Local Authority Kingston upon Hull, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 17.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.8%
Persisitent Absence 16.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Kelvin Hall is much larger than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of disadvantaged students, and therefore eligible for support through the pupil premium funding, is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding to support students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. The proportion of boys on roll is significantly higher than average. The proportion of students who are disabled or who have special educational needs is above average. A very large majority of students are White British. The school uses alternative provision off-site at the Rise Academy. However, at the time of the inspection, too few students attended this provision to make meaningful judgements about its impact. In September 2013, 75 students joined Year 10 from a neighbouring school which closed down. At that time, the neighbouring school’s overall effectiveness was inadequate. This school is significantly oversubscribed with applications for students to attend in Year 7. In 2014, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Leadership and management at all levels, including governance, is outstanding. The key feature is a relentless pursuit of excellence. Where once the most senior leaders had high expectations of all staff and students, now everyone has high expectations of themselves. All strive to be the best they can be. Since its last inspection, the school has improved rapidly. Teaching has improved, and is now outstanding because the school provides high-quality training and all staff receive very good support. Systems to monitor the effectiveness of all that the school does and the progress of students in particular, provide highly accurate and timely information. Accurate analysis of this information enables the school to act quickly to remedy any small, temporary drop in standards. The behaviour of students and their attitudes to their work have improved significantly and are excellent. Students are highly ambitious and very keen to learn. Students’ personal development is carefully nurtured through a wide range of responsibilities and enriching opportunities. High expectations, a safe and secure learning environment, skilled teaching and ambitious, well-behaved students have led to high academic standards and outstanding achievement. Students are well prepared for their next steps in education, training or employment. Some teachers, however, do not give sufficient opportunities to students to explore complex issues or topics in depth, requiring them to give well-considered responses. The school is perfectly placed to continue to provide an outstanding education for its students, and to further develop its role in supporting local community growth through more extensive consultation.