Malet Lambert

Name Malet Lambert
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 April 2012
Address James Reckitt Avenue, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU8 0JD
Phone Number 01482374211
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1455 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.0
Academy Sponsor The Education Alliance
Local Authority Kingston upon Hull, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 11.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.5%
Persisitent Absence 13.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Malet Lambert School Language College is a large, oversubscribed community school. Most students are of White British background. The number of students known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of disabled students and students with special educational needs is also below average, including those assessed as School Action Plus or with a statement of special educational needs. A major building programme was taking place at the time of the inspection. The school is in a ‘soft’ federation with a school in Mirfield judged by Ofsted to be outstanding. The school has received a number of awards including the International Schools Award, the National Healthy Schools Award and Investors in People. The school meets the current floor standards. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

Malet Lambert School Language College is a good and improving school. Effective leadership has brought about improvements overall in achievement and teaching since the previous inspection. It is not yet outstanding because some variability in the quality of teaching remains and this limits achievement in a small number of subjects. Students make good progress from average starting points on entry to the school. Attainment is above average at the end of Key Stage 4. All groups of students, including disabled students and those with special educational needs, make good progress. Teaching has improved as a result of a series of well-designed strategies to develop consistency and support weaker performance. Parents, carers and students express positive views about teaching and progress. The very best teaching is innovative, informed by good subject knowledge and challenging for all groups of students. Characteristics of weaker teaching include: too little feedback in marking on next steps for students; lessons that do not always meet the needs of different groups of students, including the more able; a limited range of questioning to monitor progress in lessons; and too few opportunities for independent learning. Staff have created a positive ethos for learning. As a result, students form good relationships, behave well and have good attitudes to learning. Students feel safe. A small minority of parents and carers expressed the view that lessons were sometimes affected by poor behaviour but this was not confirmed by other evidence collected during the inspection. Students behaved very sensibly despite disruption created by the on-going building work. The headteacher provides well-focused and thoughtful leadership. She receives strong support from all staff. There is good team work and a clear sense of common purpose throughout the school.