|Name||Malbank School and Sixth Form College|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||27 November 2018|
|Address||Welsh Row, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5HD|
|Number of Pupils||1108 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.9|
|Local Authority||Cheshire East|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||4.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||4.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is above the national average. The proportion of girls at the school is well above the national average. The school uses alternative provision for a small number of pupils at Reaseheath College, The Lodge. Cheshire Fire and Rescue, Get Hooked, Our Space and Cre8.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement The standard of education provided at the school declined after the last inspection. Despite an improving trend, pupils’ progress and the quality of teaching across a range of subjects are not good. Leaders have not been fully effective in secured disadvantaged pupils’ good attendance and progress. The quality of subject leadership is mixed. As a result, the quality of teaching varies within and across departments. Despite recent improvement, teaching is not effective in mathematics. Teachers do not routinely use assessment information to set pupils work that stretches their thinking and learning. Although many pupils behave sensibly around the school, pupils’ attitudes to learning require improvement, especially those of boys. In these cases, pupils lose concentration or are involved in low-level disruption. Teachers do not consistently support pupils to work with care or accuracy. As a result, some pupils’ work, especially that of boys, lacks precision. Too many boys do not make the progress of which they are capable. Pupils’ work across a range of subjects contains too many misconceptions in spelling, punctuation and grammar. The school has the following strengths Leaders’ actions to strengthen the curriculum are having a positive impact overall. Pupils’ progress is improving, including that of boys and disadvantaged pupils. Pupils make good progress in English. Leaders, including governors, demonstrate the capacity to improve the quality of education provided at the school. Pupils’ personal development is good. They learn and care about themselves and others. Safeguarding is effective. Pupils, including those who have recently joined Year 7, say that they are well cared for and safe at school. Pupils who have an education, health and care plan (EHCP) are well supported. The sixth form is a strength of the school. It is well led, and teaching is typically strong. Students attain the grades of which they are capable across the academic and vocational courses provided.