South Bromsgrove High

Name South Bromsgrove High
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 23 October 2012
Address Charford Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3NL
Phone Number 01527831783
Type Academy
Age Range 13-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1331 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.6
Local Authority Worcestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%

Information about this school

South Bromsgrove Community High School is larger than the average-sized secondary school with a sixth form. The proportion of students eligible for pupil premium support (additional money allocated to schools by the government for looked after students, those from families in the services and others known to be eligible for free school meals) is below average. Almost all students speak English as their first language; very few come from a minority ethnic heritage. The proportion of students supported by school action is below average. The proportion of students supported by school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is similar to the national average. Alternative provision offers a few students additional work-related courses away from the school site. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school because: All groups of students make excellent progress, regardless of their background or ability level. Attainment in Years 11 and 13 is high. Teaching is outstanding. Lessons are planned very well to motivate students while demanding hard work. They are packed with interesting activities and run at a rapid pace. Teachers are highly skilled, ambitious practitioners who know students well and carefully adapt work so all groups make the best possible progress. Just occasionally, marking does not show students exactly how to improve their work even further. Students are calm, mature and behave outstandingly well. Bullying and racism are virtually unknown. Students’ universally positive relationships with one another and staff promote consistently excellent learning. The outstanding range of subjects and courses includes many memorable experiences, greatly enriched by exceptional arts provision and the largest Duke of Edinburgh school-based centre in the country. The headteacher brings inspiration and a powerful sense of direction to leaders, managers and staff. The entire staff team show great commitment to providing the best possible opportunities for every student. Senior staff and members of the governing body undertake regular checks on all aspects of school life, providing a very clear picture. They then take quick, effective action to address any areas of concern and make sure the school keeps on improving. The sixth form is outstanding, displaying similar strengths to the rest of the school.