|Name||Aldercar High School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||07 March 2017|
|Address||Daltons Close, Langley Mill, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG16 4HL|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||567 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||24%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.6%|
Information about this school
The school meets the government’s current floor standards. The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above average. The proportion of disadvantaged students in the sixth form is similar to that in the main school. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average for the ‘SEN support’ group; it is much higher than average for pupils with a statement of special educational needs, or an education, health and care plan. More than one sixth of the students in the sixth form have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school includes specially resourced provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. It hosts a unit for eight deaf and hearing-impaired pupils. The school uses no alternative provision. The school has experienced considerable turbulence with staffing since the last inspection. Significant progress has been made and the school has a full complement of staff for September 2017. The headteacher joined the school in September 2016.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement Disadvantaged pupils, pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and lower-attaining pupils do not make enough progress. Variations in the effectiveness of teaching, and between and within subjects that were apparent at the time of the previous inspection are still apparent. The students’ progress in the sixth form varies too much between types of courses and subjects. The pupils’ attendance is well below average. In particular, levels of absence and of persistent absence are too high among disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The levels of fixed-term exclusions for disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities remain too high, despite notable improvements since the previous inspection. The school has the following strengths The headteacher has galvanised the school into action. Important and worthwhile changes are being implemented rapidly. Improvements are increasingly evident, including in the progress made by the pupils, because senior and other leaders have responded well to the challenges set by the headteacher. The school supports the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils well. Its work leads to the pupils developing a good sense of fundamental British values and increasingly mature attitudes to life in general. The pupils are cared for well, including in the sixth form. They feel safe at the school. The pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and those attending the hearing impaired unit integrate well in lessons and in the life of the school. The school is calm and orderly. Predominantly, the pupils are amicable, show respect for the school environment and conduct themselves sensibly around the site.