Colne Park High School

Name Colne Park High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 November 2015
Address Venables Avenue, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 7DP
Phone Number 01282865200
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1036 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.9
Academy Sponsor The Pennine Trust
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 13.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Persisitent Absence 14.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Colne Park High is an average-sized school. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and therefore supported by the pupil premium is broadly in line with the national average. The pupil premium is funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, and for looked after children. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage and, consequently, few are at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs is below the national average. The school only uses alternative provision for medical or health reasons for a very small number of pupils. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils achieve well across a wide range of subjects, making particularly good progress in mathematics and science. As a result of an effective curriculum which meets the needs of all, the progress of pupils in Year 7 to 11 is very strong. The progress of disadvantaged pupils is a high priority for leaders, and as a result, wide achievement gaps in the recent past have narrowed. Most pupils benefit from good and outstanding teaching which enables them to learn effectively and be successful in their studies. Pupils behave extremely well around the school. They are polite and friendly. Relationships between staff and pupils are very positive. Pupils wear their uniform well and have pride in their school community. The work the school does to keep its pupils safe is exemplary. The welfare and personal development of pupils is a very high priority for all staff. The headteacher, senior leaders and governors are determined that ‘no one gets left behind’. All their actions are driven by this ambition and the impact can be seen particularly in the improved achievement of many disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs. It is not yet an outstanding school because : While significant improvements have been made in narrowing the gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, a small proportion of these pupils are still not making the best possible progress. Too many disadvantaged pupils are still persistently absent from school and involved in behaviour sanctions. Teaching throughout the school is not consistently outstanding. Some teaching does not always motivate pupils sufficiently in order for them to make the best possible progress. Some pupils, particularly boys, do not always act upon advice and targets for improvement and this is not followed up by all teachers.