Meols Cop High School

Name Meols Cop High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 02 October 2012
Address Meols Cop Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JS
Phone Number 01704531180
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 835 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.6
Local Authority Sefton
Percentage Free School Meals 15.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.3%
Persisitent Absence 14.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Meols Cop High School is smaller than the average size secondary school. The proportion of students supported through school action is greater than the national average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is more than twice the national average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is greater than the national average. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is broadly in line with the national average. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is below the national average. A greater than average proportion of students join the school other than at the start of Year 7 and leave the school other than at the end of Year 11. The school works in partnership with the Sefton Education Business Partnership to provide work placements for a small number of students in Key Stage 4. The school has resourced provision for eight students with Asperger’s Syndrome and also for a further twelve students with dyslexia. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which is the minimum expected for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Achievement has risen substantially since the previous inspection. The overwhelming majority of students make significantly better progress than their peers nationally, particularly in English. Teachers plan lessons that engage and challenge students, ensuring all make at least good progress. Teachers are self-critical and keen to learn from each other as to how to improve their lessons further. Students enjoy coming to school and say that they feel safe. Effective and consistently applied systems to manage poor behaviour ensure that lessons proceed well. Students are courteous and polite. They take great pride in their school. This school crackles with ambition. Leadership at all levels demonstrates a unified determination to drive further improvements in outcomes for students. Performance management has been used highly effectively in eradicating poor teaching and other areas of weakness. In addition, a vibrant culture of continuous improvement has been established, which is shared by all members of the school community. The school has the following strengths The drive to promote literacy skills across the curriculum has been highly effective in securing improvements in achievement. The school provides a haven of support and aspiration. Individual students are valued and at the same time challenged to succeed.