Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School

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Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School


Name Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 June 2016
Address Colney Heath Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0TT
Phone Number 01727860079
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 653 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Academy Sponsor The Diocese Of Westminster Academy Trust
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26.3%
Persisitent Absence 8.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School is much smaller than the average-sized secondary school. It has a sixth-form partnership with John Henry Newman Catholic School in Stevenage. The current headteacher took up post in September 2014 and has been supported by an executive headteacher who has been leading the school since September 2013. The number of pupils on the school roll has fallen since the previous inspection. The proportion of girls on roll is significantly below the national average. Most pupils are White British. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language are above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium funding, which is additional funding for pupils who are eligible for free school meals and children looked after, is average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The leadership of the headteacher has ensured that the school and the wider community work well together. His leadership has led to widespread improvements since the last inspection. The executive headteacher and governors challenge leaders effectively to ensure that pupils are safe. Outcomes for pupils are good. Since the last inspection, leaders have ensured an upward trend of improvement. Attainment at the end of Year 11 is consistently above national averages. Leadership both of subjects and of pupils’ pastoral care is good because the leaders of these aspects are supported well and held fully accountable for making improvements. Pupils make especially strong progress in humanities and modern languages due to good teaching and assessment practice. The sixth form is good. Students make good progress. The curriculum prepares them well for the next steps in their learning or careers. Personal development and welfare of pupils is a strength of the school. The school’s ethos makes a strong contribution to a sense of community, to pupils’ values, and to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. Leaders’ actions have ensured that all groups of pupils attend school regularly. The proportion of pupils whose absence is a concern has been significantly reduced. Parents and carers value the education provided for their children. They praise the actions leaders take to communicate with them, to manage pupils’ behaviour effectively and to promote a happy environment in which their children learn. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some pupils do not know enough about how well they are doing or about what will help them improve their work. Teachers in some subjects other than English do not support pupils as well as they could to fully develop their literacy skills. The good practice in teaching in humanities and modern languages has not been shared across the curriculum. Consequently, not all subjects, for example science, are taught as effectively.