|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||06 June 2018|
|Address||Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 7NN|
|Number of Pupils||983 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.1%|
Information about this school
The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ performance at the end of key stage 4. The school is not considered as coasting by the Department for Education’s definition. The proportion of disadvantaged students is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils who have a statement of SEN or an EHC plan is above the national average. The school uses alternative provision at Carlisle College for a small number of pupils.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement The standard of education provided at the school declined after the last inspection. As a result, in 2017, too many pupils did not attain the examination grades that they should have. The quality of leadership and management is variable. The headteacher and other senior leaders appointed recently typically provide effective leadership. Other areas of leadership, especially middle leadership, are inconsistent and require strengthening. Some leaders do not routinely monitor, evaluate and refine plans. As a result, the pace of school improvement is inconsistent. Pupils’ rates of progress have improved this academic year. However, they remain variable, especially for disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. Despite improvements in teaching and learning, variability remains, including in mathematics, science and history. Teachers do not consistently set the least and most able pupils work that closely matches their ability. Pupils have a variable experience of careers guidance. Too many say that the information they receive about their next steps in education and employment does not match their needs. A minority of pupils expressed dissatisfaction with how some incidents of bullying are resolved. Disadvantaged pupils’ attendance is improving, but it remains below average. Although improving, students’ outcomes in vocational science courses in the sixth form have not consistently matched the good outcomes in other subjects. The school has the following strengths Senior leaders, including governors, have demonstrated the capacity to improve the standard of education provided by the school. Leaders have reviewed the curriculum, so that the courses offered match pupils’ needs and interests and prepare them for their next steps in education or employment effectively. Leaders’ actions have led to routinely good teaching and learning in a number of subjects, including English, art and drama. The sixth form provides a good standard of education. Consequently, most students attain strong outcomes and move on to suitable next steps in education and employment.