St Cuthbert’s High School

Name St Cuthbert’s High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 April 2016
Address Gretna Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE15 7PX
Phone Number 01912744510
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 1150 (100% boys)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Academy Sponsor St Cuthbert's Catholic High School
Local Authority Newcastle upon Tyne
Percentage Free School Meals 23.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26.2%
Persisitent Absence 8.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School became an academy in March 2012 and retained the same name as the predecessor school. When the predecessor school was last inspected, it was judged to be good. The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school and caters solely for boys. The large majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above the national average, with the largest group being from a Pakistani background. Most pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is slightly above average. The pupil premium is additional government funding provided for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disability is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor targets, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Sixth-form provision is delivered in conjunction with Sacred Heart Catholic Girls’ School in order to broaden the range of subjects available to learners. The school does not make use of any alternative provision. The website meets requirements for the publication of information. The headteacher was appointed in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Strong, uncompromising leadership has driven a programme of change and improvement since the headteacher’s appointment in September 2013. The governors’ pursuit of excellence and their determination to address inequality have been highly influential in the school’s development. Pupils make rapid and sustained progress across different subjects and year groups. Where progress was less rapid in the past, action has been taken and improvements have been made. Disadvantaged pupils attain standards above those of other pupils nationally. Pupils that enter the school with lower levels of attainment and pupils who have special educational needs or disability make outstanding progress. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. Teachers’ high expectations and strong subject knowledge ensure pupils make rapid gains in their knowledge and understanding. Pupils regularly receive helpful feedback from teachers that challenges their thinking and deepens their understanding. Pupils are ambitious and aspirational. They work hard and apply themselves diligently, developing excellent work habits. Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable. They are extremely courteous, polite and well mannered. As they progress through the school, they become increasingly confident and self-assured. Pupils value their education and rarely miss school. Overall levels of attendance are well above the national average. The school’s work to keep pupils safe is excellent. The well-developed house system ensures pastoral leaders know pupils well and take prompt action to support or protect vulnerable pupils. The broad curriculum meets pupils’ needs and interests. Pupils receive good information, advice and guidance, enabling them to make informed choices about their next steps. Increasing proportions of pupils progress through the sixth form and on to university. 16–19 study programmes are outstanding. Learners make rapid and sustained progress and attain standards above those seen nationally. Learners are highly complimentary about the opportunities available to them to support their wider personal development.