St Peter’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

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About St Peter’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

Name St Peter’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mr Kevin McDermott
Address Stroud Road, Tuffley, Gloucester, GL4 0DD
Phone Number 01452520594
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1509
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at St Peter's Catholic High School have many extra-curricular opportunities.

For example, pupils can play in the school jazz band, sing in the choir and play chess. Pupils develop their physical health through the well-structured physical education (PE) curriculum. As a result, pupils develop a breadth of knowledge and skills in many subjects.

Sixth-form students are proud to attend the school. They told inspectors how much they value the education they receive. Pupils in other year groups also receive a good quality of education.

Pupils are motivated to learn and eager to succeed in most subjects.

Pupils behave well in lessons and around the Pupils stated that bullying is unusual and that staff resolve it quickly when they are told about it.

Pupils do not receive detailed enough information about careers and further education opportunities. Pupils are therefore not always well prepared to make decisions about their next steps after Year 11.

Pupils learn about the importance of democracy through voting for class representatives.

The student council has a strong voice that is listened to by school leaders.

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

Leaders have designed a well-structured curriculum in most subject areas. Pupils use their prior knowledge to learn more complex concepts.

For example, the English curriculum enables pupils to learn about how writers use language to create effects in a range of texts. Similarly, in music, pupils learn about musical notation and apply this knowledge to their own compositions. In PE, pupils learn about aerobic exercise in depth.

This enables them to develop their physical health very well. In most subjects, pupils' work is well presented. They are proud of their work.

However, in a few subjects, the curriculum is less effective. In these areas, pupils do not show as much pride in their work. Pupils are not able to recall key knowledge, and struggle to learn new concepts.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities study the same curriculum as their peers. They receive additional support where appropriate, and strive to achieve. Disadvantaged pupils receive the support they need.

Leaders are ambitious for the success of such pupils. They have begun to monitor the support for these pupils, including some who access alternative provision. However, the monitoring arrangements are not yet fully established in all subjects.

Leaders have established strong systems for managing pupils' behaviour. As a result, pupils are motivated to learn in most areas of the curriculum. In lessons, there is a calm, harmonious learning environment.

Pupils are respectful of the opinions of others. Pupils are punctual to lessons and attend school well.

Students in the sixth form enjoy learning.

Leaders have revised the curriculum to ensure that students study subjects that meet their needs and their interests. The quality of education in the sixth form is good. For example, Year 12 students studying English language and literature A level said that the course has surpassed their expectations.

Students have opportunities to develop extra-curricular skills. For example, they help Year 7 pupils with their reading.

Leaders have considered the knowledge that pupils should learn in the relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum.

However, they have not ensured that the curriculum is well sequenced. Additionally, leaders do not make regular checks on the teaching of RSE in all year groups, including the sixth form. Consequently, pupils are not as well prepared as they could be for the issues they may face in the world beyond school.

Leaders provide careers education, but the programme is not structured well. The school meets the requirements of the Baker Clause, which requires schools to provide pupils in Years 8 to 13 with information about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. However, pupils do not have some of the information they require to inform their decisions about education post-16.

Governors are knowledgeable about the school. They ask challenging and insightful questions about the quality of education. Governors monitor the safeguarding arrangements at the school well.

Leaders and governors are mindful of the well-being of staff. Overwhelmingly, staff stated that they are proud to work at the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have ensured that pupils are physically and emotionally safe. Leaders provide pupils with additional support, such as mental health counselling. Leaders work well with external agencies to ensure that pupils are protected.

Staff receive up-to-date safeguarding training. They know how to identify if a pupil is at risk, and how to refer their concerns to safeguarding leaders. Leaders' checks on adults working at the school are fit for purpose.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Leaders provide a well-sequenced curriculum in most subjects, enabling pupils to learn successfully and confidently. However, in a minority of subjects, they have not ensured that the curriculum is well structured and implemented effectively.Leaders should establish an effective monitoring system to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of all pupils, including pupils who attend alternative provision.

• Pupils do not receive all of the information that they need about careers and further education. Leaders should revise and monitor the implementation of the curriculum for careers education, so that pupils are well prepared for life beyond Year 11. ? The curriculum for RSE contains the appropriate elements.

However, it is not sequenced to ensure that pupils build on their understanding year-on-year. Pupils do not gain detailed knowledge of some topics. Leaders should revise and monitor the implementation of the RSE curriculum, so that pupils learn the knowledge they require for life beyond school.

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