All Saints Catholic High School


Name All Saints Catholic High School
Website http://allsaintschs.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 17 April 2018
Address Roughwood Drive, Kirkby, Knowsley, Merseyside, L33 8XF
Phone Number 01514778740
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 857 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.0
Percentage Free School Meals 41.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized secondary school. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language are well below the national average. At the time of inspection, 30 pupils follow alternative education provision off the school site at the following providers: Everton Free School, NexGen Academy, New Horizons School, MV Training, Skills-base, Educate, Evolve Merseyside and Meadow Park School. In 2017, the school did not meet the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. In 2017, the school met the Department for Education’s definition of a coasting school based on key stage 4 academic performance results in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Although outcomes for pupils improved in 2017, too many pupils do not make enough progress in too many subjects. Rates of progress made by most-able pupils are improving. However, the most able pupils still make less progress than other pupils at the school. Leaders are not using assessment information effectively at key stage 3 to further accelerate improvements in the quality of teaching and learning. Despite improvements in the quality of teaching and learning, there is still variation across classrooms. Some teachers do not provide opportunities for the most able pupils to apply their knowledge and stretch their thinking. Some teachers do not use accurate assessment information to plan learning. As a result, some pupils, particularly boys, lose interest in their learning. The school has the following strengths The headteacher has transformed the culture and the ethos of the school, with the support of the chair of governors. Standards at the school continue to improve. Pupils are extremely proud of their school and they understand the importance of a good education. Leaders and governors have an accurate understanding of what still needs to be done. Their plans to improve the school further are sharp and precise. Leaders have a clear rationale for the curriculum. Leaders’ changes to the curriculum are having a positive effect on pupil outcomes. Leaders have created a haven where pupils feel safe. The school is a calm and serene environment where pupils are able to learn. Middle leaders continue to secure developments in their areas. Subject leaders are developing the quality of teaching effectively. Pastoral leaders ensure that pupils’ welfare is at the heart of everything the school does. The relationships between pupils and staff are respectful and supportive. Students in the sixth form benefit from well-designed study programmes. Effective teaching in the sixth form allows students to make good progress.