All Hallows RC High School

Name All Hallows RC High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 November 2013
Address 150 Eccles Old Road, Salford, Greater Manchester, M6 8AA
Phone Number 01619211900
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 622 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 12.3
Percentage Free School Meals 25.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 36%

Information about this school

All Hallows Business and Enterprise College is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The majority of students are of White British heritage and there are above average numbers of students from minority ethnic backgrounds or who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, pupils who are looked after by the local authority, and the children of personnel in the armed forces) is well above the national average. The proportion of students supported at school action is average and the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above that usually found. A new deputy headteacher has been appointed since the previous inspection in July 2012. The college meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. A small number of students in Key Stage 4 attend Salford City College and The YMCA as part of their individual curriculum. The college has achieved ’Inspiring IAG’ – Gold Award’, which ensures all students receive high quality careers information, advice and guidance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, well supported by senior and middle leaders, has successfully brought about improvements to the quality of teaching and students’ achievement following the previous inspection. Students’ achievement is good. From below average attainment on entry to the school, students make good progress to reach national averages on a number of measures. Indeed, students’ performance in GCSE examinations has risen strongly and is now above average for the percentage of students reaching five or more GCSE grades A* to C including English and mathematics. Students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, those with disabilities and special educational needs and those who are from minority ethnic backgrounds make good progress and achieve well. The quality of teaching has improved because : of careful monitoring and effective action to address weaknesses. Students are happy, respectful and considerate and their good behaviour contributes to a purposeful and vibrant atmosphere in the college. They feel safe. College leadership has improved at all levels and there is a strong team approach amongst all staff to ensure students’ achievement continues to accelerate. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although some teaching is outstanding, and most is good, there is a small proportion of teaching which requires improvement. In a small number of lessons, teachers do not take account of the abilities of all students, particularly those who are most-able. As a result, a small number of most-able students do not do as well as they could. Teachers’ marking does not always explain in detail how students should improve their work and teachers do not always check on how students respond to their marking. The skills of governors in using the college’s assessment information to hold the college to account further are not yet fully developed.