The Hinckley School

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About The Hinckley School

Name The Hinckley School
Ofsted Inspections
Ms Lisa Hickman
Address Butt Lane, Hinckley, LE10 1LE
Phone Number 01455632183
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1163
Local Authority Leicestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at The Hinckley School are polite and respectful. The vast majority of pupils say that they are happy here.

There is a real sense of community in the school shared by pupils and staff.

The school has high aspirations for all pupils. Pupils in Year 7 are well supported in 'The Bridge' to help them make the transition from primary school.

Strong pastoral guidance continues through the school. Students in the sixth form value the personalised support they get to help them realise their ambitions.

Most pupils behave well.

Staff deal with behaviour fairly. Pupils learn about positive relationships and how to get along with one another. The... school teaches pupils about risks they may face in the wider world.

Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe.

All pupils have access to a wide range of enrichment activities that they can attend at lunchtimes or after school. These include music, drama, computer programming and geology.

The school ensures that disadvantaged pupils can benefit from these opportunities.

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

The school has worked hard to establish a culture of belonging based on strong relationships between staff and pupils. Leaders want all pupils to feel part of the school community.

The school knows the pupils well and ensures that all pupils can benefit from the curriculum on offer. Leaders enjoy valuable support from The Futures Trust. Trustees and governors know the school well.

They make sure that leaders continue to develop all aspects of the school's provision.

The school has planned a broad and ambitious curriculum for pupils' seven-year learning journey. Pupils in key stage 3 enjoy a wide range of subjects that include classics and Latin alongside more traditional subjects.

Pupils in key stages 4 and 5 choose from a range of courses that meet their needs. The school plans to include more options for pupils in the future.

Curriculums are carefully sequenced so that pupils learn the right knowledge at the right time.

Teachers work well together to create learning activities that interest pupils. They focus on vocabulary and communication so that pupils have confidence to talk about what they learn.

In most lessons, teachers provide pupils with clear explanations.

They give pupils opportunities to discuss learning and to practise what they have learned. This is not the case in all lessons. Sometimes, teachers do not focus sharply enough on the important knowledge that they want pupils to learn.

Lesson activities do not always help pupils to learn and remember important knowledge as well as they should.

In the majority of lessons, teachers check how well pupils can remember what they have learned before. They skilfully help pupils to make links between new knowledge and what they know already.

Teachers routinely ask questions to check pupils' understanding. They address any gaps or misconceptions. In a minority of lessons, teachers do not check pupils' understanding well enough.

When this happens, pupils struggle to make sense of new knowledge. They do not remember what they have learned.

The school plans support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to help them access the curriculum.

Teachers have the information they need so that they can adapt lessons to meet pupils' needs.

Reading is a priority in this school. Staff quickly identify pupils who need extra help with reading.

These pupils get the support they need to catch up quickly. Pupils benefit from a well-stocked library. They read together from well-chosen quality texts.

Most pupils attend school well. Some pupils, particularly pupils with SEND and disadvantaged pupils, are absent too often. The school has begun to implement strategies to make sure all pupils attend school well.

There is a curriculum to support pupils' wider personal development so that they are ready for their next steps in education and their lives in modern Britain. Pupils understand British values, diversity and equality. Students in the sixth form are well prepared for higher education and their future careers.

Many sixth-form students are involved in supporting younger pupils in the school and other projects in the wider community.

Staff work well together and value the support they get to develop their skills. The school supports staff to manage their workload and prioritises their well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some lessons, teachers do not check that pupils have secured the prior knowledge they need to access new learning. Furthermore, some teachers do not systematically check that pupils understand new knowledge.

This means that some pupils have gaps that are not identified. The school needs to make sure that staff check pupils' understanding routinely and address misconceptions so that pupils build their knowledge over time. ? In some lessons, teachers do not plan well enough how pupils will learn the important knowledge in the curriculum.

Sometimes explanations are unclear. In some lessons, the activities do not focus sharply enough on the important knowledge. The school should make sure that lesson activities help pupils learn and remember the important knowledge that is defined in the curriculum.

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