|Name||All Hallows Catholic High School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||19 June 2013|
|Address||Crabtree Avenue, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 0LN|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||893 (46% boys 54% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.2%|
Information about this school
All Hallows Catholic High School is an average-sized secondary school which has specialist technology and languages status and is heavily over-subscribed. The school is a national support school and the headteacher is a national leader of education supporting other schools across both the local authority and diocese contributing to headteacher training and induction. Staff, including support staff, are deployed to support the development of staff in other schools in the local authority and diocese. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for children in local authority care, those whose parents are in the forces and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of students assessed as school action is below average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. Almost all students are White British. Very few are from minority ethnic groups or at an early stage of learning to speak English. A small group of Year 10 students also study health and social care at Cardinal Newman College in Preston. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Students at All Hallows Catholic High School receive an outstanding education that prepares them extremely well for their future. All groups of students make outstanding progress and leave at the end of Year 11 with attainment that is well above that found nationally. There is a relentless focus on raising achievement for all students in the school and this is proving very successful. Much of the teaching is outstanding and is never less than good. Teachers have expert subject knowledge and use innovative activities that involve students well and help them to learn rapidly. Students’ work is marked regularly and thoroughly. It successfully advises them how to improve and further develop their understanding. Teachers place great importance on learning being an activity that should be valued and enjoyed. As a result, students respond well, taking ownership of their development. Occasionally, opportunities are missed for high quality independent learning. Teachers have high expectations and set challenging tasks that stretch students’ thinking and deepen their understanding. Students’ behaviour is outstanding. Their attitude to learning is excellent and makes a large contribution to their success. They are respectful, courteous and confident. Students overwhelmingly feel safe and supported by both their staff and each other. Parents also share this belief. All staff are extremely caring about the students at the school and students respond to this by returning this value to their staff. Students and staff are extremely proud of their school. This is illustrated by comments such as, ‘I have worked at this school for a number of years and absolutely love it’ from a member of staff and, ‘the school has a family feel where everyone looks after each other’ from a student. Parents and students value the school very highly and believe that the staff will do the very best for them. Governors and senior leaders set themselves very high standards. Procedures for monitoring the quality of teaching are robust and affecting further improvement in achievement. Opportunities for staff to develop their own skills of school management are central to the school’s belief in growing talent and this has been extremely effective over the years. The headteacher, senior and middle managers are vigorous in their constant drive to improve further the quality of teaching in the school and this is enhancing provision and driving standards higher. The school’s ethos of ‘growing together’ is central to its belief that it works in partnership, not isolation, with all participants.