|Name||Kings Norton Girls’ School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||02 July 2019|
|Address||Selly Oak Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 1HW|
|Number of Pupils||994 (5% boys 95% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||13%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||8.2%|
Information about this school
The school is an average-sized secondary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as a foreign language is below average. The school uses two alternative providers, which are Envirohort and James Brindley Hospital School. The previous inspection was a section 8 inspection in July 2018.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Pupils thrive at this school. Leaders’ uncompromising ambition for academic excellence is underpinned by a nurturing pastoral system. There is a highly supportive environment in which pupils’ and staff’s well-being is the priority. Outcomes over time have been among the best in the country. In 2018, pupils’ progress at GCSE was in the top 10% nationally. This includes for disadvantaged pupils and those of middle and high ability. Leaders received a letter of commendation from the Department for Education for both the outstanding progress made by pupils and the high proportion studying a modern foreign language. Teachers consistently reflect on their practice. They innovate and match work to pupils’ abilities. As a result of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment, current pupils make exceptional progress. Teachers display deep knowledge and understanding of their subject. This, together with the excellent relationships they form with pupils, creates a purposeful learning environment. The broad and balanced curriculum greatly supports pupils’ social development. There is a range of provision outside the classroom. This includes opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills, keep fit, help others, participate in trips and visits, relax and enjoy themselves. Pupils are proud of their school and this leads to their behaviour being exemplary. They are polite, personable and very welcoming to visitors. Pupils enjoy school and the vast majority are rarely absent. Governance is a major strength. The work of governors is pivotal to the school’s continuing success. Safeguarding arrangements are effective. Staff are well trained. Leaders are aware of potential risks in the national and local community. They know individual pupils and families very well. Pupils say there is always a member of staff with whom they can discuss any issues. Pupils feel safe and are safe. Sixth-form provision is well led and improving, but not yet as effective as key stages 3 and 4. Students’ progress, although good, has varied over time between subjects.