Kirkby High School


Name Kirkby High School
Website http://kirkbyhighschool.net/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Address Bracknell Avenue, Kirkby, Liverpool, L32 9PP
Phone Number 01514778710
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 901 (51.7% boys 48.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.7
Academy Sponsor The Rowan Learning Trust
Local Authority Knowsley
Percentage Free School Meals 44.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.2%
Persisitent Absence 25.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (04 December 2018)
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Information about this school

Kirkby High School is a member of the Rowan Learning Trust. The current headteacher took up a temporary post in January 2018, and this in now a substantive role. There have been a number of other changes to the school’s leadership. One member of the current senior leadership team was in post at the time of the last inspection. This is a broadly average-sized school. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is more than double that seen nationally. The proportion of pupils with SEND is greater than seen nationally. Ten pupils attend alternative provision for their education at Meadow Park, New Horizon, Evolve, Motivate, Harmonize, Active TT, Pro-Vision and the Lord Derby Academy.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement This is a school that is barely recognisable compared to how it was two years ago. Vastly improved leadership, with high ambitions, has improved both the quality of teaching and pupils’ behaviour considerably. And while achievement has risen, it has not improved to the same extent as other aspects of the school. Both the provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their progress have not improved quickly. Pupils’ self-belief is growing. However, many still do not realise how capable they are and how highly they can achieve. While attendance and punctuality are improving overall, they are not improving quickly enough for a significant group of girls in Years 9 and 10. Generally, pupils start Kirkby High School with weak literacy and numeracy skills. Despite improvements in skill levels in these areas, pupils have more catching up to do to reach the standards expected for their age. The school has the following strengths Most pupils have highly positive attitudes to their school and to their learning. This is because the quality of teaching has improved considerably, and pupils now value their education. Leaders at all levels, including governors and the trust, have very skilfully driven highly effective school improvement. Many pupils attending Kirkby High School experience a wide range of barriers to learning. The school goes to great lengths to help these pupils and will often find highly personalised solutions and support for them. Pupils’ personal development is systematically and successfully promoted throughout the curriculum, and through an increasing range of high-quality enrichment experiences.