|Name||St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Business and Enterprise College|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||21 April 2016|
|Address||Harrington Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3EE|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||675 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||23.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||14.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
St Joseph’s Catholic High School is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. Almost all pupils come from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disability is a little below national average. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and receive support through the pupil premium is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free schools meals and those in local authority care. At key stage 4, three pupils currently receive full-time alternative educational provision at the West Cumbria Achievement Zone. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 11. St Joseph’s is a member of the Cumbria Alliance of School Leaders, which provides mutual support for teachers and leaders in other schools. The school is linked for professional development purposes with a number of local schools, including one outstanding school. St Joseph’s also takes a leading role in supporting other schools, especially primary schools, through the local teaching alliance. The school has been chosen to become a centre of excellence in financial education, accredited by a financial charity, the Personal Finance Education Group. The school is a lead school in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science, awarded by BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT. It is a designated Fairtrade school and a strategic partner in the Cumbria West Coast Teaching Alliance.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Since the previous inspection, the headteacher, other senior leaders and governors have taken determined action to strengthen teaching and subject leadership. As a result, most subjects are now well led and teaching continues to improve. The progress made by the majority of pupils currently in the school is improving strongly and rapidly. Their progress is now good. School leaders have an accurate view of the quality of teaching. They collaborate effectively with other schools in the local area to develop best practice, for example in assessment. Teaching is good. Teachers are knowledgeable about their subjects and they provide suitable stretch and challenge for pupils. Pupils have very positive attitudes to learning. They take pride in their work and behave well in lessons and during social times. Pupils are safe and happy in school. The school’s care, guidance and support are strong, enabling most pupils to thrive. Pupils show very good respect for one another, staff and other adults, and for their school environment. Governors make a strong contribution to the school. They are very well informed and hold senior leaders to account firmly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Disadvantaged pupils are not making the same progress as other pupils and the rate of improvement is not as strong as it is for other pupils. The proportion of pupils who are persistently absent is higher than the national average and this particularly affects disadvantaged pupils. Leaders’ written plans for improvement lack sharpness and rigour. It is not always clear from these how leaders can accurately check on the progress the school is making.