Saint Pius X Catholic High School A Specialist School in Humanities

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About Saint Pius X Catholic High School A Specialist School in Humanities

Name Saint Pius X Catholic High School A Specialist School in Humanities
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Sue Smith
Address Wath Wood Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, S63 7PQ
Phone Number 01709767900
Phase Secondary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 684
Local Authority Rotherham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Saint Pius X is a welcoming school. Pupils care for each other and know that teachers will keep them safe. In modern foreign languages lesson visits, inspectors saw pupils celebrating the success of their classmates.

Assemblies led by pupils, such as one about protecting the environment and nature, help pupils to develop a sense of community and respect. The Catholic ethos of the school underpins this.

During the inspection, inspectors saw pupils behaving well.

Pupils say this is how it is normally. Relationships between pupils and teachers are good. Pupils who inspectors spoke with believe that teachers will help them in lessons.

Social times are we...ll organised. Pupils are relaxed and confident in outdoor spaces. Bullying is rare.

Pupils know that teachers will deal with it when it does occur.

In most subjects, lessons are carefully planned so that most pupils know what they are learning and why they are learning it. The quality of education, however, requires improvement because some pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not receive the support they need in lessons.

This is because teachers are not given detailed information for pupils without an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The culture of reading is not well developed across the school. Pupils told inspectors that they do not enjoy reading in their own time.

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

Most leaders plan the curriculum so that most pupils build their knowledge over time. Teachers know what pupils need to learn at each stage of their education. Leaders have worked with the diocese to make changes to the way pupils are assessed.

In lessons, teachers use mini quizzes and retrieval tasks to check that pupils have learned the curriculum. Formal assessments check that specific knowledge is remembered and that pupils are ready for the next stage of learning. In some subjects, pupils cannot always recall what they have learned.

The new approaches to assessment are not fully embedded.

Leaders' plans for creating a strong culture of reading do not extend across the whole school. Pupils are aware of the importance of reading but say that they do not read in their own leisure time.

Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 have a reading book with them but said that they do not regularly read it.

Pupils with EHC plans receive strong pastoral support because it is tailored for their specific needs. Leaders work closely with these pupils.

Leaders have not planned in the same way for pupils with SEND who do not have an EHC plan. Teachers do not receive detailed information about how to adapt the curriculum for these pupils. Leaders do not check on how well supported these pupils are in lessons.

Teaching assistants are not always given clear direction about how to help pupils with SEND that they work with.

The personal development programme for pupils is a strength of the school. Pupils who inspectors spoke with talked about making positive contributions to society.

Some pupils are involved in projects such as the Rucksack Appeal. Links with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development help pupils to understand issues in the wider world. Lessons in personal, social and health education (PSHE) develop pupils' respect for religions outside the Catholic faith.

When speaking to inspectors, pupils understood democracy, respect, and tolerance. Leaders have developed well-sequenced plans to inform pupils about careers and education opportunities after they leave Saint Pius X. One large local employer has worked with the school to offer virtual work experience for younger pupils.

Mock interviews were conducted remotely for Year 10 pupils during COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions. Careers fairs are carefully planned so that pupils speak to employers that match their interests and aspirations.

Parents who responded to Ofsted Parent View told inspectors that the school helps to create a strong sense of community.

They believe that leaders and teachers ensure that pupils' behaviour is good. Inspectors agree. Routines for behaviour are well established and understood by pupils.

Pupils respond quickly to teachers' requests. Movement between lessons is calm. Teachers greet pupils warmly as they arrive at lessons.

Leaders' strategies to work with pupils at risk of exclusion are effective. Leaders work with parents and pupils to ensure a clear understanding of the steps that will be taken. This helps many pupils to successfully integrate back into school.

Governors do not have a clear enough understanding of the school's priorities. Some of the information which governors receive from leaders does not provide enough detail about specific plans to improve implementation of the planned curriculum. Governors do not take action to ensure they receive detailed information about leaders' plans to improve the school.

This means they are not always able to ask challenging questions about school improvement. Leaders' plans are not always clearly understood by staff because they lack detail.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils who inspectors spoke with said they felt safe at school. They told inspectors that lessons in PSHE helped them to understand and build healthy relationships.

Leaders are aware of local safeguarding risks.

They share this information with staff through regular safeguarding training. The PSHE curriculum develops pupils' awareness of safeguarding risks. When appropriate, teachers make links between subject content and safeguarding issues.

This means that a culture of safeguarding is well developed across the school.

Leaders keep clear records. Actions and outcomes are recorded.

Leaders work closely with external agencies to support pupils where necessary.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The reading strategy is not well developed across the school. This means that pupils do not develop a love of reading and do not regularly read for pleasure.

Leaders should develop a whole-school strategy to develop pupils' love of reading. ? Teachers do not receive clear guidance to help them adapt lessons for pupils with SEND. Leaders do not check how pupils with SEND are helped in lessons.

This means that some pupils with SEND, especially those without an EHC plan, do not receive appropriate support. Leaders should ensure that teachers are provided with the information that they need to plan effectively to support all pupils with SEND. ? Leaders' plans do not routinely have clear timeframes and specific actions.

This means that strategies to improve the school are not implemented effectively or understood clearly by all, including governors. Leaders should identify specific actions that they will take and check the impact of these actions. Governors should ensure that they have a clear and thorough understanding of the actions that leaders intend to take so that they can hold leaders to account.

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