All Hallows Catholic College

Name All Hallows Catholic College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 03 December 2014
Address Brooklands Avenue, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 8LB
Phone Number 01625426138
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1184 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.3
Academy Sponsor The Holy Family Of Nazareth Catholic Academy Trust
Local Authority Cheshire East
Percentage Free School Meals 9.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.3%
Persisitent Absence 11.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

All Hallows Catholic College is a larger than average size secondary academy with a sixth form. Most students are of White British heritage. There is a much smaller proportion than average of students from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language. All Hallows converted to become an academy on January 1 2013. Its predecessor college was also named All Hallows Catholic College and was last inspected by Ofsted in April 2011 and judged to be outstanding. The proportion of students who are disabled or who have special educational needs is average for secondary schools. The proportion of disadvantaged students who are supported through the pupil premium funding is lower than average. The pupil premium is additional funding to provide support for students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. No students below sixth form age attend offsite alternative provision. Some sixth form students take part in a wide range of non-qualification work placements. The college is a founding member of the Holy Family of Nazareth multi-academy trust. It is also a member of a cluster of church schools known as the All Hallows Learning Community. The college contributes to the work of three teaching school alliances. The Principal provides support to St Alban’ Catholic Primary, St Chad’s Catholic and Church of England High School, Savio Salesian High School and Reddish Vale High School. The college meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding college. Students’ achievement is outstanding. The rate of progress they make in a wide range of subjects is rapid. Teaching is of a consistently high quality. Teachers have high expectations of all students and provide them with challenging work and they make rapid and sustained progress as a result. The Principal, senior and middle leaders, and governors provide outstanding leadership. They have a relentless focus on improving teaching and learning, the personal development of students and thus, their overall achievement. This results in the college being highly effective. Parents, staff and students are very positive about the college and value highly the quality of education and care it provides. Students’ attitude to learning is outstanding and contributes significantly to their progress. Students are enthusiastic learners and keen to do as well as they can. Their behaviour is also outstanding. They are courteous and polite, relate well to each other and adults and are very happy at college. Students feel very safe in college, and the college is meticulous about keeping all students safe. They are cared for very well. The personal well-being of students is as highly regarded as academic success. Sixth form provision is outstanding. The leadership of the sixth form is highly effective and students make excellent progress. Sixth form students also make a very positive contribution to the whole- college community. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is outstanding. It is an integral part of the culture of the college and plays a major part in students feeling well prepared for the next phase of their education and for life in modern Britain. Teachers use information about students to plan lessons well. However, not all teachers use the college’s recently introduced procedures for planning to accelerate students’ learning even further.