|Name||Wolverley CofE Secondary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||22 June 2016|
|Address||Blakeshall Lane, Wolverley, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 5XQ|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||675 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||13.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||13.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is a smaller than average-sized secondary school with a sixth form. The current headteacher took up post shortly after the previous inspection. The overwhelming majority of pupils are of White British heritage. A very small number are from minority ethnic backgrounds and 1% of the school population speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding, which is additional funding provided by the government for pupils who are looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is slightly above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities is above the national average. A very small number of pupils attend courses that take place away from the school site. The provider of these courses is ContinU Plus Academy. Since September 2014 the sixth form has been part of a collaboration with Baxter College. Leaders have commissioned a local national support school, Haybridge High School, to provide middle leader and subject support in mathematics and English. The school does not meet all the requirements for publishing information on its website. There is no link to the Department for Education performance tables and all required examination outcome information is not present. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations of attainment and progress of pupils by the end of Year 11.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Firm and insightful leadership has energised staff and improved the standard of education. High-quality professional development ensures that teachers are committed to continually improving their practice and driving up standards. Good teaching is characterised by high expectations and instilling in pupils the attitudes, knowledge and skills they require to make progress. Teachers ensure the majority of current pupils make good gains in their learning, especially at key stages 3 and 4. The school works well with other secondary and primary schools to accelerate current standards and ensure they are sustainable, including at transition from Year 6 to 7. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress. The gaps between disadvantaged pupils and others closed in 2015 and are now closing even more rapidly. Pupils behave well in and around the school. Their positive relationships with each other and their teachers support engaging and effective learning. Pupils, parents and staff are overwhelmingly positive about the school’s improvement since the last inspection. Effective governance has been pivotal to the school’s development. The capacity for further improvement has been secured. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in the sixth form are not yet rising rapidly. However, improving leadership has ensured that post-16 study programmes are now delivered more effectively. The attendance of some groups of pupils is not improving as quickly as it should. Pupils’ numeracy skills are not as well developed as their literacy skills.