|Name||Penwortham Girls’ High School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||11 November 2014|
|Address||Cop Lane, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 0SR|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||775 (100% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||7.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||1.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Penwortham Girls’ High School is smaller than the average-sized secondary school, with no sixth form. Most students are of White British heritage. There is a larger than average proportion of students from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students who are disabled or have special educational needs is lower than the national average for secondary schools. The proportion of disadvantaged students who are supported through pupil premium funding is lower than average. Pupil premium is additional funding to provide support for students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. There are a few students who receive their education at a pupil referral unit, Shaftsbury High School. The school is part of the South Ribble Learning Federation and a strategic partner in the Ripley Teaching School Alliance. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Achievement is outstanding. The progress of students in English, mathematics and science and a wide range of other subjects has improved rapidly and is outstanding. Attainment is significantly above average by the end of Year 11. Teachers have very high expectations and so teaching is of a consistently high quality. Students are challenged by the work they are given and make rapid and sustained progress as a result. The headteacher, senior leaders, managers and governors provide outstanding leadership. There is a relentless focus on the quality of teaching, the personal development of students and on their achievement. This has led to the strong improvement in the overall effectiveness of the school since its previous inspection. Leaders at all levels are actively involved in driving still more improvement in teaching and achievement. Subject leadership is highly effective. Parents, staff and students have exceptionally positive views of the quality of education the school provides. Students feel very safe and cared for in an exceptionally supportive environment. Staff are as concerned for students’ personal well-being as they are about their academic success. Students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent. Students are extremely considerate of others, courteous, have excellent relationships with each other as well as adults and are very happy at school. They show a deep interest in learning, are keen to do well and this has a significant impact on their progress. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is outstanding, and is a major factor in students feeling well prepared for their next phase in education and for life in modern Britain. The marking and feedback teachers give are of a high standard. Even so, new guidance for these, introduced in September and designed to accelerate still further students’ learning, is not yet followed by all teachers. The less able students achieve well, but their rate of progress is not as rapid as other students.