Pensby High School

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About Pensby High School

Name Pensby High School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Kevin Flanagan
Address Irby Road, Heswall, Wirral, CH61 6XN
Phone Number 01513420570
Phase Secondary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 837 (57.8% boys 42.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.6
Local Authority Wirral
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher provides strong, effective leadership. He has been successful in ensuring that Pensby High School provides a good standard of education following the amalgamation of two schools in 2015.

The headteacher and his leadership team ensure that pupils are safe, behave well and make good progress. Leaders have the drive, determination and capacity to improve the school further. Governors have a clear understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses.

They provide appropriate and effective support and challenge to the leadership team. Governors have contributed directly to the good-quality education that the school provides. ...School leaders plan Year 7 pupils' transition from primary school carefully.

Consequently, these pupils settle happily and make good progress. Leaders use the pupil premium funding effectively to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. For example, leaders have successfully improved the progress that disadvantaged boys make.

Leaders review the curriculum regularly to ensure that it is well planned. Consequently, pupils follow a broad range of subjects that meet their interests and needs. Relationships between staff and pupils are very positive.

As a result, pupils are happy at school, engage successfully in their learning and make good progress. The sixth-form provision is good. Students make good progress from their starting points.

Despite the small number of students, leaders carefully tailor programmes of study to meet their individual needs. Although the programme of ongoing staff development is good, leaders do not provide sufficient opportunities for staff to share good practice in teaching, learning and assessment. Overall, teaching is good and pupils make good progress in their learning.

However, some teachers do not routinely plan lessons that stretch and challenge the most able pupils so that they make rapid progress. Outcomes for pupils are good. Leaders are aware that provision in science and mathematics is not as strong as in other subjects.

Actions are in place to resolve this but currently from their starting points some pupils do not make the rapid progress of which they are capable. Leaders have developed an appropriate programme of personal, social, health and economic education. However, it is not taught consistently effectively across the school.

Information about this school

In September 2015, the school opened following the merger of Pensby High School for Boys and Pensby High School for Girls. It occupies the site of the former girls' school. The school is a smaller than average-sized secondary school.

The school is in a selective local authority. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average.

The school uses Wirral Respite Alternative Provision for a very small number of pupils. Pupils are predominantly of White British heritage. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils' progress and attainment by the end of Year 11.