Maghull High School

Name Maghull High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 25 April 2018
Address Ormonde Drive, Maghull, Liverpool, Merseyside, L31 7AW
Phone Number 08444773438
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 871 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.4
Local Authority Sefton
Percentage Free School Meals 18.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

information about their child’s progress. Likewise, the majority of pupils who responded

to the inspection questionnaire or spoke to inspectors were of the view that teachers helped them to do their best and that they were challenged in their learning. Inspectors agree with these views in part. Helpful information is provided to parents. However, despite good improvements, teaching quality is too variable across key stages 3 and 4. The key reason for this variability is that agreed key school policies are not applied consistently. A key area of inconsistency across key stages 3 and 4 is the way pupils present their work. While most pupils take pride in their work and it is well organised, this is not the case for all. Where presentation is weak, pupils are careless in their spelling, grammar and punctuation and sometimes do not complete their work. Consequently, they sometimes find it difficult to recall what they have learned in their lessons and errors are repeated. Not all adults pick up on this standard of presentation as the agreed school policy demands. On the other hand, where teachers adhere to the policy, pupils are able to refer back to pieces of work several weeks and months later and talk confidently about what they had been learning. Some aspects of stronger teaching are evident in key stages 3 and 4 and this results in good and better learning for some pupils. Teachers’ subject knowledge is good. The questions they ask are probing. Where such questioning – in line with school policy – leads to pupils responding in full sentences, it helps develop well pupils’ oracy skills. Such good-quality questioning also assists pupils in their writing so that they provide well-reasoned answers to questions and problems. Responses of this quality are evident in history and geography, two subjects in which teaching and learning quality has improved. In history, for example, pupils were able to give responses that explained well their understanding of the actions of rulers, such as in the ‘harrying of the north’ by William the Conqueror. However, not all teachers use their good subject knowledge and questioning skills to draw out responses of such depth or quality. Leaders continue to be successful in diminishing the gap between the learning of disadvantaged pupils and that of their non-disadvantaged peers. Their efforts, which have included sharper assessments, have ensured that these pupils continue to make much better progress than they did in the past. Likewise, the support, including prompt interventions, provided to pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities both in and out of lessons is ensuring that they are making progress towards their goals. Leaders have ensured that teachers and other adults supporting learning have a wealth of information about pupils in their classes. Where teachers use this information effectively, pupils, regardless of ability, are set work that has high expectations of what they will do and learn. In a Year 8 music and a Year 7 physical education lesson, for example, pupils were fully on task, building on skills grasped earlier. Pupils made good progress in creating a two-part dance track with contrasting sections and honing different jumping skills respectively. No time was wasted and pupils sustained their motivation to learn. Sometimes, though, pupils complete work they can do already, meaning that time is not used to challenge pupils to develop a deeper understanding. Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good Personal development and welfare The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good. Pupils are positive about school and the opportunities presented to them. They are smart in their appearance and polite, confident individuals. Pupils who spoke with inspectors and the great majority of those who completed the inspection questionnaire reported that they could approach an adult in school if they had any problems or concerns. Pupils are confident that bullying is rare, but that when it does occur, it is dealt with swiftly. Pupils spoke confidently to inspectors about keeping themselves safe, including when using social media, and the support offered to them to help them do so, through assemblies and tutor time, for example. A range of support is provided to pupils, including those who are vulnerable or who have emotional needs. The Phoenix Centre, for example, which also involves parents and families, is viewed positively by pupils as a place to talk through problems, while the opportunities for meditation promote a healthy body and mind. The curriculum instils in pupils a strong sense of tolerance and respect. In this predominately White British school, Year 8 and Year 9 pupils articulated well their understanding of different faiths and cultures. Year 11 pupils, typical of other year groups, were clear that derogatory language is not tolerated. On occasion, pupils do not present their work as neatly as they are able. Good arrangements exist to support the transition of pupils from primary school to Year 7. Pupils in Year 7 reported that they had been supported well and had enjoyed the opportunities to attend the summer school. The information gained from the large number of primary schools that feed into the school is used well to ensure that teachers and other adults have a good understanding of the needs of pupils, including those who are vulnerable or who have SEN and/or disabilities. Behaviour The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils behave well in lessons and around school, although, on occasion, they are not always attentive to their teachers or each other. The attendance of pupils is above average. Improvement has been sustained since the previous inspection for all pupils, those who are disadvantaged and those who have SEN and/or disabilities. Likewise, there has been a marked reduction in the numbers of pupils who are persistently absent. Fixed-term exclusions are low and permanent exclusions rare. The very small number of pupils in alternative provision are supported well. The school ensures that their behaviour and welfare are given high priority by the alternative provider. Outcomes for pupils Requires improvement The promised improvements in the rates of pupils’ progress reported in the previous inspection were not realised. As a result, in 2016, pupils in Year 11 did not always get the grades of which they were capable. Their rates of progress were well below the national average overall. However, while still below average in 2017, the improvements in pupils’ progress rates brought about by leaders from 2016 to 2017, including for disadvantaged pupils, were significant. While GCSE results for 2016 and 2017 are not directly comparable, the proportion of pupils attaining a grade 4 or 5 (previously grade C) in both English and mathematics GCSE was higher in 2017 than in the previous year. Improvements are continuing at a pace, including in English and mathematics; however, the rates of progress made by current pupils, including the most able, are variable, including within subjects. Nevertheless, rates of pupils’ progress in subjects such as history and geography – subjects where leaders have focused on improvement – are improving well. Pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities make progress at least in line with that of other pupils at the school because of the good support they receive. They are equipped well for the next stages of their education or training. The catch-up funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at the end of key stage 2 is used effectively so that most pupils have developed the skills they need to access the curriculum by the time they reach Year 8. The pupil premium funding has been and continues to be used effectively to support the learning and personal development of disadvantaged pupils. This is evident in the marked improvement in the progress that disadvantaged Year 11 pupils made in 2017 compared with those in 2016. The improvements are also evident in the performance of disadvantaged pupils currently at the school. Consequently, while their progress requires improvement because of the inconsistencies in teaching quality, disadvantaged pupils are catching up with other pupils nationally. The very small number of pupils in alternative provision made progress similar to that of their peers in school. With their good personal and social development and increasing skills in a range of subjects, pupils are well prepared for the next stage in their education. The proportion of pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, entering education, employment or training at the end of Year 11 is above average. 16 to 19 study programmes Good The quality of the 16 to 19 study programmes has improved since the previous inspection. This is because, unlike in key stages 3 and 4, there is greater consistency in the quality of teaching and, as a result, there are stronger outcomes for students. Leaders have high expectations and know their students well. They have responded to the changing needs of students over time by providing courses that better meet their needs and widen opportunities for them to progress in their learning and also in their career and higher education ambitions. As with pupils in key stages 3 and 4, students are provided with good levels of advice, guidance and support, which helps them to make informed choices about the opportunities available to them. As a result, retention levels are high and all students in 2017 progressed to education, training or employment. Historically, vocational courses have performed better than A-level courses. Current students on vocational courses are continuing the trend of making good progress in their learning. Those studying A levels, including the most able students, also make good progress – an improved picture from previous years. Students behave and attend regularly and have positive, mature attitudes to learning. Their personal development and well-being are promoted well, including how they can keep themselves safe. They are overwhelmingly positive about the support given on entry to Year 12, guidance on managing their workloads and the opportunities afforded to them. Students who enter Year 12 without at least a grade 4 (formerly grade C) in mathematics make strong progress towards achieving their goal. Progress for those re-sitting English is improving. School details Unique reference number 137520 Local authority Sefton Inspection number 10045915 This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. Type of school Secondary comprehensive School category Academy converter Age range of pupils 11 to 18 Gender of pupils Mixed Gender of pupils in 16 to 19 study programmes Mixed Number of pupils on the school roll 918 Of which, number on roll in 16 to 19 study programmes 156 Appropriate authority The governing body Chair Geoff Howe Headteacher Mark Anderson Telephone number 08444 773438 Website Email address [email protected] Date of previous inspection 8 June 2016

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Pupils currently in key stages 3 and 4 are not making routinely good progress in their learning. While rates of progress for Year 11 pupils improved significantly between 2016 and 2017, they were not strong enough for those pupils to achieve the examination results of which they were capable. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment in key stages 3 and 4, while improving, is too variable to ensure pupils make good progress in their learning. This is because leaders at all levels have not always checked that key agreed school policies have been put into practice and that these have had the desired effect on pupils’ progress. Leaders’ reports to governors do not always evaluate the impact of the actions they have taken to improve teaching and accelerate pupils’ progress. The school has the following strengths Leadership and management are good. While inconsistency remains in teaching and learning quality, there have been strong improvements made in key areas of the school’s work. These include success in rapidly diminishing the gap between the academic progress of disadvantaged pupils and that of their non-disadvantaged peers. Strong pastoral leadership has reduced persistent absenteeism rates and vulnerable pupils are supported well. The quality of the 16 to 19 study programmes has improved and is now good. It is stronger than the rest of the school because the quality of teaching is good. Students are well prepared for their next steps. Governors hold leaders to account well. They recognise pupils’ progress has not been strong enough and have challenged leaders about this. As a result, leaders have taken action to extend from two years to three the key stage 4 curriculum for 2018/19 in order to allow pupils to learn with greater depth and understanding. The curriculum ensures pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good, including in 16 to 19 study programmes. Pupils are polite and behave and attend well. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils across the school is promoted well. Consequently, pupils have a keen understanding of tolerance and respect.