King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

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King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

Name King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
Ofsted Inspections
Address Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9ET
Phone Number 01215542794
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 1053 (96.5% boys 3.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Academy Sponsor King Edward Vi Academy Trust Birmingham
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 9.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 43.3%
Persistent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 January 2017)
Note: There may have been more recent inspections, since 10 January 2017, such as monitoring visits or short inspections. For details of all inspections, please see above.
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.

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is a selective boys’ grammar school that admits girls in the sixth form. It is an average-sized secondary school. Approximately 80% of pupils are Asian or British Asian and there are small numbers of pupils from a range of other ethnic backgrounds including White British. Nearly half of the pupils speak English as an additional language. The school has very few pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils in the school is close to the national average for secondary schools, but very high when compared to selective schools. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not make use of any alternative provision for its pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher is relentless in his determination that all pupils should achieve as well as they can while developing into young people ready to take their place in society. Pupils, staff and parents support this vision for excellence. Senior leaders provide clear direction and high-quality leadership in their areas of responsibility. The leadership of pastoral systems, teaching and learning, pupil premium and assessment are all outstanding. Governors know the school well. They provide very effective support and challenge to school leaders and staff. A wide and impressive array of enrichment activities, opportunities and visits complements the taught curriculum. This contributes strongly to pupils’ personal development. Pupils make excellent academic progress in almost all subjects. Achievement in mathematics, science and modern foreign languages is especially high. Disadvantaged pupils make even better progress than their peers across all subjects. They make better progress from their starting points than non-disadvantaged pupils nationally. Teachers have expert subject knowledge and high expectations of all pupils. They use skilled questioning to deepen pupils’ understanding of their work. Relationships are excellent. Pupils respect their teachers and value their support. They are equally respectful of each other. Pupils are studious and classrooms are places of high-quality learning. Teaching and outcomes are less strong in English than other subjects. However, leaders’ actions are bringing about improvement. Pupils behave very well in lessons, at social times and as they move around the school. They are confident, articulate and unfailingly polite and courteous. Pupils enjoy school and they appreciate the wide range of opportunities that the school provides for them. Attendance is consistently higher than the national average for secondary schools. Pupils feel safe, and are safe, in school. The curriculum ensures that pupils learn how to keep themselves safe. The sixth form provides outstanding teaching and a wealth of broader opportunities. Consequently, students achieve highly and are very well prepared for adult life.