Ofsted

The school was identified as a good school with outstanding features during the 2012 Ofsted inspection. Ofsted returned to the school on 12th January 2016, to inspect the school under the new Ofsted inspection framework. 

The inspection report reflects the continuing success of the school, and it is a report that the school community can be proud of.

Ofsted Summary

"Your strong leadership has established a culture that fosters successfully the academic achievements of pupils and their personal development. Your vision of promoting ‘learning for life and achievement for all’ permeates the school’s practices and procedures. Teachers and all staff share this vision because you inspire them and communicate it with clarity. This ensures that they have high expectations of all pupils regardless of background or ability, and are well focused on meeting the needs of individuals in order that that none are left behind. Parents say that this is a school in which ‘every child matters’. Warm relationships between staff and pupils, built on mutual respect, promote a purposeful, orderly atmosphere across the school, and this helps pupils to learn well. Pupils get on well together. They enjoy coming to school and value the many opportunities they are offered to develop their sporting, artistic and personal skills. Pupils feel that their teachers care about them and this is reciprocated in the positive attitudes that the very large majority have towards their learning. The high aspirations nurtured mean that pupils are well-prepared to succeed in the next stage of their learning."

School Context

The school is of average size for secondary schools with a large sixth form. A lower than average proportion of learners are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities at school action plus and with statements is higher than the national average. There is a low proportion of students whose first language is not English, and a low proportion of students who are not from White British backgrounds. The school became a specialist Arts College in 2009. The school was formed in 2007, following the reorganisation of school provision in the Wyre Forest, and occupies the site of a former 13-18 high school. The school meets the current floor standard.