Old Swinford Hospital

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About Old Swinford Hospital

Name Old Swinford Hospital
Website http://www.oshsch.com
Ofsted Inspections
Headmaster Mr Paul Kilbride
Address Heath Lane, Stourbridge, DY8 1QX
Phone Number 01384817300
Phase Secondary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 742
Local Authority Dudley
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Old Swinford Hospital continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils learn together, live together and thrive at Old Swinford Hospital.

Pupils behave well.

They are polite, respectful and studious. Pupils know that staff expect them to work hard and do their best. In lessons, they listen to their teachers and work together productively and collaboratively.

Pupils' academic and wider study prepares them for life after school.

Staff and pupils get on well together. New pupils and students are warmly welcomed when they join.

Leaders have made sure that the Year 7 girls who joined in September 2021 have settled into scho...ol. The school is a strong community and staff are proud of the care they provide. Pupils are thoughtful and conscientious.

They repeatedly told inspectors that bullying was seldom an issue. Should it occur, they know that staff will deal with it quickly. One parent's comment reflected the views of many, 'The teachers and staff are supportive, nurturing and strive for the children to reach their full potential.'

Staff place a great emphasis on school life outside the classroom. Pupils choose from the broad and varied range of activities on offer. Staff encourage all to take part, and most do.

Pupils enjoy and value these opportunities.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

School leaders lead with integrity, empathy and clarity. Staff are motivated by a shared will to develop pupils into 'the best versions of themselves'.

They have high expectations for pupils academically, combined with a determination to see them grow as young adults.

Pupils' needs and aspirations are met through the well-organised curriculum. Pupils can opt to study a broad spectrum of academic courses at key stage 4.

However, only a small proportion of pupils currently gain the qualifications that make up the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). This is because a small number of pupils study a modern foreign language. Leaders have given Mandarin and French more time at key stage 3.

They continue to strengthen this area of the curriculum. Leaders are yet to see the product of this work at key stage 4.

Leaders have worked to develop the curriculum within their subjects and across key stages.

They have thought carefully about the order in which pupils learn new things. As a result, pupils can draw on what they have learned before. For instance, in mathematics, pupils confidently use their knowledge of linear equations and substitution when solving simultaneous equations.

Teachers are experts in, and advocates of, their subjects. They use this knowledge to craft explanations based on pupils' knowledge and understanding. Pupils understand, remember and use technical vocabulary well.

Teachers choose resources and examples carefully. In each subject, they have a common understanding of 'why, what and when' pupils should be learning new things. However, in some subjects, teachers do not know the methods and approaches pupils have learned before.

This means that when pupils change classes, they see new and unfamiliar approaches. Consequently, pupils may become muddled, as different teachers explain ideas and concepts in different ways.

Staff are ambitious for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Leaders provide relevant information for teachers on how to support pupils with SEND. Teachers use this information effectively. They take time and care to provide extra explanations and examples when needed.

As a result, pupils with SEND learn well.

Staff encourage all pupils to read and develop a love of literature. Pupils enthusiastically told inspectors about the books they are reading.

Staff support pupils who find reading difficult. Leaders know the value of reading. As a result, pupils read widely with confidence and fluency.

Leaders are introducing programmes to further raise the profile of reading.

The school's work to promote pupils' wider development is commendable. The 'beliefs and issues' curriculum is comprehensive.

Through this, pupils learn to understand the wider world and the opportunities and challenges it presents. Pupils receive good-quality careers education. Staff challenge stereotypes and promote inclusivity.

Pupils reflect these values in the way that they treat each other, staff and visitors. Pupils can join one of many clubs and activities outside of lessons as part of the co-curriculum. Leaders have made sure that these cater for all pupils.

Staff track and actively encourage participation. They are determined that no pupil will miss out.

Following the previous inspection, leaders have taken action to improve the sixth form.

They continue to prioritise further improvement, and their actions have been effective. Sixth-form students can choose from a range of qualifications. These support their career pathways, and enable them to successfully take their next steps in education or employment and training.

Leaders closely monitor the quality of the curriculum and students' progress. Students enjoy a well-planned tutor programme. This supports their personal development and broadens their horizons.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The school has a strong culture of safeguarding. Staff are well trained and vigilant.

They know the potential signs that indicate a pupil could be at risk. Leaders take timely and appropriate action when staff do report concerns. Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe and to whom they should report any concerns or worries.

As the school continues to grow, leaders are wise to the extra safeguarding challenges they will face. They know they will need to increase the capacity of the safeguarding team so that they continue to keep children safe.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The EBacc does not currently sit at the heart of the school's curriculum.

As a result, very few pupils opt to study a modern foreign language at key stage 4. Leaders should ensure that they continue to build on the work that they have done so that more pupils continue to study French or Mandarin in Year 10. ? In some subjects, there is a lack of consistency in the way that teachers explain new ideas and concepts to pupils.

This means that as pupils move between classes, they are exposed to unfamiliar methods and explanations. Leaders should ensure that specialist and non-specialist staff deliver the curriculum through agreed and consistent approaches.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the second section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in February 2013.

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