Prince Henry’s High School

Name Prince Henry’s High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Victoria Avenue, Evesham, WR11 4QH
Phone Number 01386765588
Type Academy
Age Range 13-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1263 (50.4% boys 49.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Academy Sponsor The Prince Henry's High School Academy Trust
Local Authority Worcestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.2%
Persistent Absence 9.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (30 April 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The school converted to become an academy school on 1 April 2011. The predecessor school of the same name was judged to be outstanding when last inspected by Ofsted. The current headteacher took up post in September 2012. Students come from a wide geographical area, including Evesham town and the surrounding villages. In September 2012, Year 9 students were admitted from eight different middle schools and secondary schools. The proportion of students for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional funding for those, in this school, who are known to be eligible for free school meals and the very few looked after by the local authority), is well below average. The proportion of students receiving extra support through school action is well below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of students by the end of Year 11. A very small number of students are taught in alternative provision away from the school site at Wallace House Youth Centre, South Worcestershire College, Pershore College, The Youth Development Centre, Worcester and The Vocational College.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The school provides an exceptionally high quality of education for its students. They make outstanding progress in their academic and personal development. Teachers have very high expectations of students and develop excellent working relationships in the classroom. Students have very positive attitudes towards their learning. Teachers make sure work is well matched to students’ needs, enabling them to gain skills, knowledge and understanding rapidly. Very occasionally students are not given enough opportunities to learn without the help of the teacher and so they do not make quite as much progress as they could. Students are very proud of their school. Their behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. Students feel safe and have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe. The sixth form is outstanding and students make excellent progress on their AS-level and A-level courses. Students receive first-rate information, advice and guidance, which help them to make well-informed decisions about future employment, education and training. The headteacher is very ably supported by his senior leadership team. School leaders are relentless in their drive for improvement in all parts of the school’s work. The very experienced governing body is exceptionally effective. Governors provide both support and challenge for the school and are committed to its continued improvement.