The Grove School

Name The Grove School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
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Address Newcastle Road, Market Drayton, TF9 1HF
Phone Number 01630652121
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 792 (47.5% boys 52.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.0
Academy Sponsor Marches Academy Trust
Local Authority Shropshire
Percentage Free School Meals 14.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.8%
Persisitent Absence 15.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is slightly smaller than an average-sized secondary school. In December 2014, it became part of the Market Drayton Learning Partnership, a cooperative trust with Market Drayton Junior School and Market Drayton Infant School. Each school retains its own governing body. The very large majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below average. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and receive support from the pupil premium is below average. In 2016, the school met the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of pupils by the end of Year 11. A small number of pupils have taken up full-time placements at the local authority’s Tuition, Medical and Behaviour Support Service. The headteacher took up her post in September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Too many pupils are not making enough progress in a range of subjects. Overall attainment by the end of Year 11 is not sufficiently high. In a number of subjects, pupils do not perform as well as they could be expected to because : teaching is not consistently good. Leaders promote a culture of high expectations. However, this culture has not translated into good outcomes for pupils. Teachers do not make sufficient use of information they gather from pupils’ work to provide them with an appropriate level of challenge. Pupils are not sufficiently focused on their work. When teaching fails to capture their interest, some pupils are reluctant to engage in the learning activities and become distracted. The new faculty directors and their deputies have not yet had a sufficient impact in ensuring that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently good across their respective areas. Due to high staff turnover since the previous inspection and challenges recruiting good teachers, improvements in the school have slowed. The school has the following strengths The headteacher is not complacent and she implements necessary changes to develop the quality of teaching and learning. Her actions led to an improvement in outcomes in 2016. The headteacher has analysed the causes of the decline in outcomes in 2017 and is addressing them swiftly. Governors provide effective challenge and support. They are working closely with leaders to address the issues that affected the school’s performance last year. The 16 to 19 study programmes are good because learners continue to make good progress and enjoy their education. The sixth form is well led and the quality of teaching is good.