Auckland College


Name Auckland College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 30 April 2019
Address 65-67 Parkfield Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 4LE
Phone Number 01517270083
Type Independent
Age Range 3-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 316 (52% boys 48% girls)
Local Authority Liverpool
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.2%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Auckland College is an independent co-educational day school. The school provides a breakfast club, after-school clubs and holiday clubs for 51 weeks of the year. These clubs are managed by the executive board and run by staff employed by the school. The number of pupils on roll has increased since the last inspection from 217 to 245. The school is registered for 210 pupils. The proprietors also run an on-site nursery that provides for children from birth to two and half years old. This provision is subject to an early years inspection. There are 106 children in the early years, of which 62 are part-time. Almost all are in receipt of nursery funding. Children are taught in three pre-school classes and one Reception class. There are 63 pupils in the secondary school. Over a third of these pupils are identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities. A high proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. Many speak English as an additional language, but few are at an early stage of learning English. The school uses provision for physical education at I.M. Marsh sports centre, which is part of Liverpool John Moores University, and local leisure centres. Occasionally, pupils attend part-time alternative provision at Liverpool Football College. The last standard inspection of Auckland College took place on 1–3 November and 9 November 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The proprietors, directors and headteacher have ambitious aims for the school. Their vision has an extremely positive influence on every part of the school’s work and drives continual improvement. They have made certain that all the independent school standards are met. Due to excellent teaching, pupils exhibit exceptionally positive attitudes to learning. They become confident, resilient learners. Teachers and teaching assistants enable pupils to realise their full potential and prepare them very well for the next stage of their education. All pupils in Years 1 to 6 make substantial and sustained progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils in Years 7 to 11 make equally strong progress across a range of subjects from their starting points. Pupils who speak English as an additional language and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make the same excellent progress as others. The exceptional curriculum meets pupils’ needs very effectively. Alongside core skills, the enhanced curriculum provides pupils with a wealth of choice. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fostered exceptionally well and the curriculum also promotes a good understanding of fundamental British values. Behaviour is impeccable. Pupils respect each other’s differences and work and play together harmoniously. The school’s culture actively promotes pupils’ well-being so that they feel safe and secure. Strong leadership and teamwork in the pre-prep classes produce highly effective teaching so that children get off to an excellent start to their education. The new middle leaders are already having a valuable impact on this highly successful school and with further support could do even more. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.