Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School

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About Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School

Name Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Beverley Scott-Herron
Address Grammar School Road, Latchford, Warrington, WA4 1JL
Phone Number 01925636414
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 797
Local Authority Warrington
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are immensely proud of their school. They value the sense of belonging that they feel in this tight-knit community.

Many pupils told inspectors that they feel part of the 'Boteler' family. Pupils were positive about the close relationships that they forge with adults. In lessons and around the school site, pupils behave well.

The school community celebrates diversity. Pupils said that the school is a safe space where they can grow, free to be themselves. They are happy.

Teachers do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. Pupils are accepting of each other's differences. They said that bullying of any kind is rare.

Teachers resolve any occasio...nal incidents of bullying swiftly.

Teachers have high expectations of all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Teachers support pupils to build a rich foundation of knowledge in each subject.

Pupils progress well through the curriculum. They are well prepared for the next stage of their education or training.

Pupils spoke highly of the many opportunities on offer to develop their character and resilience.

Pupils in all year groups welcome leadership responsibilities, such as being prefects and anti-bullying ambassadors. Pupils benefit from an extensive extra-curricular programme.

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

Leaders have successfully improved the quality of education for all pupils at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School.

At key stage 3, pupils follow an appropriately broad and balanced curriculum. At key stage 4, leaders ensure that there is a suitably wide range of subjects that meet pupils' interests and ambitions. Leaders' high aspirations for pupils are reflected in the considerable increase in the number of pupils, including those with SEND and those who are disadvantaged, who choose to study a modern foreign language in key stage 4.

Across the curriculum, subject leaders have thought deeply about the essential knowledge that they want pupils to learn, and the order in which they should learn it. Leaders have detailed and precise curriculum plans in place which carefully outline this knowledge. As a result, most teachers are clear about exactly what pupils must learn to progress through the curriculum.

Many pupils acquire a rich body of knowledge and they achieve well.

Although subject leaders have planned an effective curriculum, in a small number of subjects, leaders do not check how well teachers are delivering the planned curriculum effectively enough. As a result, a small number of teachers do not always choose the most appropriate activities that enable pupils to apply the knowledge that they have learned to different contexts.

Across the school, teachers use assessment well to check whether pupils have remembered new learning. When misconceptions arise, teachers are quick to address any errors. Overall, teachers ensure that pupils' knowledge is secure before they move on to the next steps in learning.

Teachers and leaders are skilled in identifying the specific needs of pupils with SEND. The special educational needs coordinator ensures that teachers are well trained to deliver the curriculum successfully for pupils with SEND. Teachers are adept at ensuring that pupils with SEND, including those in the on-site specially resourced provision for pupils with SEND (specially resourced provision), gain the knowledge that they need to progress well through the curriculum.

Leaders prioritise reading well. They successfully support pupils who are behind with their reading to catch up quickly. By the end of key stage 3, most pupils read with fluency and confidence.

However, leaders' plans to implement reading catch-up strategies in key stage 4 are only just under way. A small number of older pupils have missing reading knowledge, which hinders how well they access the curriculum.

Leaders and pupils share high expectations of behaviour.

Pupils behave respectfully. They can learn in lessons without disruption.

Pupils said that they are taught how to eat healthily, maintain an active lifestyle and have healthy relationships.

Well-qualified staff deliver high-quality, ongoing careers information, advice and guidance to pupils in all year groups.

Governors and trustees support and challenge leaders well. Parents and carers were overwhelmingly positive about the school.

Staff spoke highly about leaders' support for their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that there is a strong culture of safeguarding across the school.

This includes the checks that they make to ensure that all adults are safe to work with pupils. All staff have been appropriately trained to identify the risks that pupils may face, including those in the local community. Staff are fully conversant with the processes for reporting concerns.

Leaders have secured effective support for vulnerable pupils and their families. They work effectively with outside agencies. Pupils learn how to keep physically and mentally healthy, including how to stay safe online.

They know what to do if they feel worried. Pupils trust staff to support them.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a minority of subjects, leaders do not check effectively enough how well teachers deliver the curriculum.

This means that in some subjects, teachers do not always select the most appropriate activities to enable pupils to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topics and concepts that they are studying. Leaders should ensure that all subject leaders are trained to check that teachers are delivering the curriculum effectively. ? Leaders' plans to develop pupils' reading knowledge are not fully implemented in key stage 4.

As such, a small number of older pupils are behind with their reading. As a result, some of these pupils do not access the curriculum as well as they should. Leaders should roll out their plans to support those pupils who struggle with reading in key stage 4 so that they catch up with their reading and so that they can access the full curriculum.

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