Manningtree High School

Name Manningtree High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 December 2014
Address Colchester Road, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 2BW
Phone Number 01206392852
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 837 (42% boys 58% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.8
Academy Sponsor Alpha Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 8.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.3%
Persisitent Absence 13.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average secondary school. Most students are White British. One fifth of the students are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding provided to the school for students known to be eligible for free school meals). This proportion is below the national average. At just over one tenth, the proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The school uses no alternative provision for its students. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for achievement and progress at the end of Year 11. The school is a founder member of the North East Essex Education Partnership (NEEEP) and works closely with other local academies within the partnership. One member of staff supports the coaching of newly appointed middle managers and developing support teams within the partnership.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the previous inspection, leaders, managers and the governing body have successfully improved the quality of teaching and students’ achievement. The achievement of students has risen particularly well in English, sharply contributing to the good level of achievement across the school. Much of the teaching is good. Teachers use questioning skilfully to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of what they are studying. Students are strong advocates of the school. Students take up many leadership opportunities and make significant contributions within the school. They are very active in raising money for charities. Students’ behaviour in and around the school is good. They feel safe. Students are very polite and courteous to one another and toward staff and visitors. The curriculum is wide in scope in a manner that enriches the lives of the students and strengthens their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of marking and written feedback given to students is inconsistent across the school. Students do not always act on the feedback provided. There is not enough outstanding teaching, as some activities do not sufficiently challenge the most-able students. The monitoring of teaching does not consistently focus on the achievement of different groups of learners over time.