North Walsham High School

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About North Walsham High School


Name North Walsham High School
Website http://nwhs.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
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Head Teacher Mr James Gosden
Address Spenser Avenue, North Walsham, NR28 9HZ
Phone Number 01692402581
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 562 (51.4% boys 48.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Academy Sponsor Enrich Learning Trust
Local Authority Norfolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection
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Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement A legacy of ineffective leadership and teaching have weakened the school since its last inspection. During this time, pupils have not made enough progress, particularly in science and modern languages. The reluctance of some staff, parents and carers to accept the changes made by senior leaders has slowed the school's journey of improvement.

Teaching varies too widely. Consequently, not all pupils, including boys, the most able and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make the progress expected of them. Pupils' writing is underdeveloped.

Not all teachers reinforce pupils' use of basic litera...cy. Behaviour is not always managed consistently. Not all pupils or parents are confident that staff will resolve incidents of bullying.

Recent changes to the curriculum have not been evaluated to see if they work well. Pupils have too few opportunities to develop their personal, social and health education. Careers education for pupils is underdeveloped.

Leaders of most subjects are new. They have not had enough time to show they can contribute fully to the school's improvement. Governors have not ensured that the pupil premium is used wisely to aid improvement.

The school has the following strengths The headteacher, ably supported by his deputy, has raised expectations and added much-needed impetus to improving the school. Teaching has been strengthened. More than half of the staff are new to the school.

This is aiding improvement. Pupils' overall progress is improving. Safeguarding arrangements are firmly established.

Most pupils attend school regularly. They are polite, pleasant and well mannered. A wide range of extra-curricular activities and additional learning enhance pupils' enjoyment of school.

Information about this school

The school is a smaller than average secondary school, serving a rural part of Norfolk. The large majority of pupil are White British. Very few are from minority ethnic backgrounds.

The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is broadly average. The proportion of pupils with SEND, including those with an education, health and care plan, is above average. A new headteacher has led the school since 2016.

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