Hartford Church of England High School

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Hartford Church of England High School


Name Hartford Church of England High School
Website http://www.hartfordhigh.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 November 2013
Address Hartford Campus Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 1LH
Phone Number 01606786000
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1010 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.8
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.6%
Persisitent Absence 11.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Hartford Church of England High School came into existence on 1 September 2012. Previously the school was Hartford High School, a Specialist Languages and Sports College. It is slightly smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The very large majority of students are White British and live locally. The proportion of students who are believed to speak English as an additional language is very low. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is average. The proportions of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action and school action plus or with statements of special educational needs are average. A small number of students’ in Years 10 and 11 attend a range of work-related courses at local providers including Mid-Cheshire College, which shares the same campus, and Reaseheath at nearby Crewe. The school meets the current government floor standards, which are the minimum levels expected for students’ attainment and progress at the end of Key Stage 4.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, senior and middle leaders and governors share high expectations and an unswerving commitment to ensure that every student achieves their goals, whatever their circumstances. As a result, improvement over time is strong and this has accelerated with the school’s new voluntary aided status. Students’ achievement is good. Students are making good and sometimes outstanding progress and now reach standards that are well-above national averages. GCSE results in many subjects have steadily improved with many students gaining A* and A grades. Teaching is consistently good and some of it is outstanding. It has improved because : school leaders have taken effective action to eradicate teaching that is less than good and teachers tackle lesson planning with dedication and enthusiasm. Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the extensive site is outstanding. They relish the many opportunities in the best lessons to lead their own learning. They are polite, respectful and confident with teachers and visitors. The pastoral support and care provided by the school are outstanding. Because of this, attendance is rising steadily and the rigorous checks on achievement and progress ensure that students who are falling behind are soon identified and supported. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. Students and staff share an increasingly strong sense of community. Students say they feel safe and value the many additional activities which are available to them. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching in school to ensure that all students who can do so make outstanding progress. In a minority of lessons planning is not sufficiently effective to meet the needs of different students.