All Saints Catholic College Specialist in Humanities


Name All Saints Catholic College Specialist in Humanities
Website http://www.aschc.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 February 2013
Address Bradley Bar, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD2 2JT
Phone Number 01484426466
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 723 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Percentage Free School Meals 24.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.2%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than most 11–16 secondary schools. The largest ethnic group is White British; White dual heritage, Caribbean and students of other white backgrounds are the largest other ethnic groups. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, from Forces families, and for students known to be eligible for free school meals, is above average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of educational needs is below average. The school has a humanities specialism. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school works in a partnership with The Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form, a National Support School. Four students attend off-site alternative provision through the Nexus scheme.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students achieve well in most subjects. The proportion of students gaining five or more GCSE passes at grades A*-C, including English and mathematics, has risen steadily over the last three years. In English standards are well above-average because of teachers’ good subject knowledge and enthusiasm. Teaching is good. Teachers plan a variety of interesting activities which engage students and help them make good progress. Gospel values are promoted by the school’s distinctive Catholic ethos. As a result, students are tolerant, respectful and caring in the way they behave and interact with each other. Students feel safe in school. Senior leaders implement rigorous plans for improvement. Actions have a positive impact on standards and teaching which continue to improve. The governing body has a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Governors have secured the school’s financial stability. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement in mathematics requires further improvement to ensure that students are progressing at a rapid enough pace. In some lessons, students rely too much on their teachers. Students do not always know how to improve and use their skills to learn more independently.