Saint Paul’s Catholic High School

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About Saint Paul’s Catholic High School

Name Saint Paul’s Catholic High School
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Mr Mike Whiteside
Address Firbank Road, Newall Green, Manchester, M23 2YS
Phone Number 01614990000
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 916
Local Authority Manchester
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Saint Paul's is a welcoming and supportive community. Leaders have high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils achieve well.

Pupils feel safe in school. They are confident that staff will help them if they have any concerns or worries. When a few pupils fall short of staff's high expectations, such as the need to attend school regularly, they receive help to improve.

Pupils behave well in lessons. They take pride in their work. Sometimes, issues occur between pupils at social times.

Leaders deal effectively with the occasional issues that happen during social times. Most pupils feel that ...bullying is dealt with well.

Pupils enjoy various leadership experiences in school.

Some pupils are elected to the school council and apply to be part of the diversity council. Here, pupils have a say on school issues and take ownership of school developments. Pupils benefit from a range of visits and experiences that help them to become active citizens.

For example, pupils visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to gain an appreciation for their own art studies.

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

Leaders, including governors, are ambitious for pupils. Working closely with staff, they have improved the quality of education that pupils receive.

Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is designed and delivered well. Subject leaders have considered the learning that pupils may have missed out on because of the COVID-19 pandemic and have adapted the curriculum accordingly. This is helping pupils to catch up on any missed or forgotten learning.

Leaders have reviewed and improved subject curriculums at key stage 3. Leaders have made sure that, in most subjects, teachers are clear about the key knowledge that pupils will learn. Pupils learn this knowledge in a logical order.

Teachers provide regular opportunities for pupils to revisit their learning. This helps them to build on previous knowledge and remember the curriculum over time. However, in a very small number of subjects, leaders have not ensured that teachers deliver the subject content as well as they should.

This can hamper the learning of some pupils.

Leaders prioritise improving pupils' reading knowledge. Staff use highly effective strategies to support pupils' reading development.

For example, skilled mentors help pupils to develop their reading skills. Leaders check pupils' reading knowledge often. Any pupils who have fallen behind receive effective support from well-trained staff.

This ensures that most pupils become fluent and confident readers.

Leaders ensure that the school is calm and orderly. Most pupils behave well at social times and in lessons.

This means that poor behaviour does not disrupt lessons.Leaders identify pupils with SEND accurately and in a timely way. They provide these pupils, and those who are part of the specially resourced provision for SEND (specially resourced provision), with effective support.

Mostly, staff ensure that pupils with SEND access the same ambitious curriculum as their peers. However, at times, some staff do not provide pupils with the best possible support to meet their individual needs. Consequently, this slows the progress that these pupils make.

Leaders provide pupils with a comprehensive personal development curriculum. This includes a carefully considered careers education programme. Pupils, including those who are part of the specially resourced provision, are well prepared to take the next steps beyond school.

Leaders ensure that pupils can attend a range of extra-curricular activities. However, a number of pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, do not engage in these activities. This limits their wider development.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders are alert to the risks that pupils may face and ensure that training for staff covers a wide range of important safeguarding concerns. This includes sexual harassment, gang-related crime, online safety and county lines drug issues.

Leaders liaise effectively with a range of external agencies to make sure vulnerable pupils get the help that they need. Staff know how to report concerns quickly.

Leaders ensure that the curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to learn about staying safe.

For example, pupils learn how to stay safe when they are playing or working online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• A significant minority of pupils do not make use of the additional opportunities to promote their personal development. This limits their wider development.

Leaders should increase the breadth of enrichment activities so that more pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, make the most of what is on offer. ? Teachers do not deliver the curriculum sufficiently well in a small number of subjects. This prevents pupils from gaining the intended subject knowledge.

Leaders should ensure that they support teachers to deliver the curriculum as intended so that pupils know and remember more. ? Some staff do not use the information that they have about pupils with SEND to meet pupils' individual needs as well as they should. Leaders should improve teachers' knowledge of SEND so that these staff can better support this group of pupils across the curriculum.

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