Lytchett Minster School

Name Lytchett Minster School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 June 2013
Address Lytchett Minster, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JD
Phone Number 01202622413
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1454 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Local Authority Dorset
Percentage Free School Meals 15.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.7%
Persisitent Absence 14.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Lytchett Minster School is a larger than average school. In Year 9, thirty per cent of the students join from neighbouring middle schools. The school suffered from a lightning strike in December 2012, which seriously damaged some of the buildings and meant that not all students could come to school every day for the whole of the spring term. The proportion of students who are eligible for pupil premium, which is special funding for those entitled to free school meals, those in local authority care and children with a parent in the armed services, is below average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is broadly in line with the national average. Nineteen Key Stage 4 pupils attend alternative provision in vocational subjects at The Bournemouth and Poole College on a part-time basis. The school meets the government’s floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All groups of students achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. Attainment by the end of Year 11 is above the national average. Students are well prepared for the world beyond school through the learning and experiences provided for them in the outstanding curriculum. Teaching is good. Teachers create a positive climate for learning and this supports students’ progress. Students have good attitudes to their learning. They behave well and attend school regularly. The governing body is rigorous in the way that it provides both challenge and support for the school. The school leaders communicate their high expectations and ambitions consistently and clearly, which encourages the students to aspire and be ambitious. Leaders and managers are improving the ways that they check on students’ achievement. This is leading to students making more rapid progress. The parents and staff hold the school in high regard and value the commitment and dedication of its leaders. The sixth form is outstanding. The students are achieving above the national average in both the traditional and vocational subjects which is preparing them very well for life at university, training and the world of work. It provides a rich and varied curriculum with many opportunities for enrichment beyond the classroom. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough of the teaching is outstanding in Key Stage 3 and 4. Lessons are not always planned well enough to support the range of abilities of students so that all can make rapid and sustained progress.