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Alder Community High School

Name Alder Community High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 June 2014
Address Mottram Old Road, Gee Cross, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 5NJ
Phone Number 01613685132
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 770 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.6
Percentage Free School Meals 14.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.8%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Most students are White British. There are few pupils whose first language is believed not to be English. The proportion of students supported through school action is well below average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational need is above average. The alternative provider used by the school is Age UK. The school holds the Gold Award for Inspiring Information, Advice and Guidance. The school is a local authority hub school for personal, social and health education. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. As a result of good and sometimes outstanding teaching, students make good progress in their learning. Standards of attainment are high. The proportion of students in Year 11 gaining five or more GCSE passes at A* to C, including English and mathematics, is well above average. The behaviour of students around the school is good. They say they are safe and enjoy school. Consequently, attendance continues to improve and is above average. Leaders and managers check students’ progress well. Their actions prevent students from falling behind. Progress and standards have improved since the last inspection. Leaders and managers have a relentless focus on improving teaching. The majority of teaching is good or outstanding due to the effective programme of professional development for staff. Leaders, managers and governors have developed a strong sense of purpose among staff to drive forward sustained improvement. This contributes well to ensuring good teaching and good achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally, the most able students are not moved swiftly to more challenging tasks to deepen their learning. As a result, not enough are attaining the highest grades at GCSE. School plans for improvement are not always sharply focused on the impact actions are intended to have on improving teaching and achievement. Not all subject leaders are rigorous in checking that the school’s expectations of marking and the presentation of students’ work are consistently upheld.