This is a good school The new headteacher and other leaders provide a good education for all pupils. They are ambitious and focus on providing the best possible experience for pupils. There have been several changes to school leadership recently.
New leaders are maintaining the school's improvement journey securely. Pupils are well cared for and feel safe at school. They behave well in their lessons and respect the learning opportunities they receive.
Leaders have developed a rich and varied curriculum. Pupils benefit from a wide range of extra-curriculum activities to broaden and enrich their learning. In some subject areas, teaching and learning are securing... very successful outcomes for pupils.
Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment. They are guided effectively, through well considered and supportive advice. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and other vulnerable pupils are supported well.
Many are achieving as well as other pupils with similar starting points. Governors work well with school leaders. As a result, they know the main priorities of the school.
They fulfil their legal responsibilities capably. Leaders are steering improvements in science confidently. They are developing consistently stronger teaching and learning experiences for pupils.
School leaders' understanding of how well all year groups are achieving, across all curriculum subjects, is inconsistent. School leaders are developing new teaching methods to inform pupils how to improve their knowledge, skills and understanding better. However, these are not used across all subject areas consistently.
Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The previous headteacher and deputy headteacher left the school in April 2018. The new headteacher and some senior and middle leaders are currently employed on an interim basis.
The percentage of disadvantaged pupils is above national averages. The percentage of pupils with SEND is above national averages. A small number of key stage 4 pupils study vocational courses at City College, Southampton.