Kingsway Park High School


Name Kingsway Park High School
Website http://www.kingswaypark.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 September 2013
Address Turf Hill Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 4XA
Phone Number 01706716761
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1132 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Percentage Free School Meals 31.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 71.2%

Information about this school

Kingsway Park High School is an average-sized secondary school which is currently seeing an increase in student numbers. The school is a National Challenge Trust school. The Trust partners consist of leaders of an outstanding secondary school and an outstanding sixth-form college, both of which are located in the local area. Representatives from these partners are members of the governing body. The school works in close partnership with the local authority. The school was established three years ago as an amalgamation of two local schools, one of which had been placed by Ofsted into a category of concern. Staff and students moved into their new school in September 2013 and had settled into the building over the two weeks prior to the inspection. The proportion of students supported through school action is slightly lower than that found nationally. The proportion of students supported through school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is slightly above that found nationally. The majority of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds, mostly of Pakistani heritage. The proportion of students speaking English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding (additional funding from the government introduced in 2011 for students eligible for free school meals, students who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and for the children of service families) is much higher than that found nationally. The school holds a number of national awards, including Healthy Schools status and the gold Artsmark award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Almost all students make progress that is similar to or better than the progress of students nationally. The most able students are beginning to make rapid progress. The standards achieved by most students in English and mathematics have improved steadily over the last three years and are now very close to national standards. Most teaching is good. An increasing proportion of outstanding lessons ensures that students are very keen to reach their highest standards. Most lessons are well planned so students work purposefully. They are given good opportunities to discuss and complete their work with other students so they increase their confidence and understanding. The school has introduced good systems so teachers can check on the progress of all students. High-quality support enables students who fall behind to catch up. Individual students who are not skilled readers make good progress as a result of additional teaching arranged for them. Behaviour in lessons and around school is good. Students appreciate and respect their new building and are proud to show it to visitors. The high expectations leaders and teachers have of students are a striking feature of the school. Every student is spurred on to achieve their best. The headteacher, senior leaders, governors, teachers and the Trust partner organisations have worked together very effectively and teaching has improved steadily as a result. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A small proportion of teaching still requires improvement. Not all teachers consistently explain exactly how students can improve their work or expect students to respond to their comments. There remains a small proportion of students who do not have secure understanding of what is being taught or who repeat work they have already done.