|Name||Mary Webb School and Science College|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 May 2015|
|Address||Pontesbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 0TG|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||570 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.4|
|Academy Sponsor||Central Shropshire Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
Mary Webb School and Science College is a smaller than average-sized secondary school. Most students are White British. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support those students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. A small number of students follow part-time courses at County Training in Shrewsbury. The school shares building space with Severndale Special School, which is inspected separately.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Outstanding leadership has been key in bringing about significant improvement in teaching and students’ achievement since the last inspection. From their different starting points, students make outstanding progress in mathematics and humanities. In English and other subjects, students are now achieving well. Students with special educational needs make good progress and those who are eligible for pupil premium funding make outstanding progress. Teaching is good and much is outstanding. Teachers’ expertise and enthusiasm motivate students to learn. The school’s values are evident in the highly positive relationships between staff, students, parents and governors. Students behave well and are keen to learn. The school’s work to keep students safe is outstanding. The school is very successful at developing the skills of its subject and other leaders through the support of senior leaders and local networks. Governors are highly effective at holding leaders to account. They have an excellent understanding of what is working well and what needs to improve. They work closely with leaders to make sure improvement initiatives are having an impact. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some lessons, teachers miss opportunities to check students’ learning through effective questioning. This means they do not always have a clear picture of where students might be falling behind and where they could be challenged further. Some teachers do not always give students meaningful feedback about their work that challenges them to improve it. Not all teachers check that students improve their work by following the advice teachers give them through marking.