Meole Brace School

Name Meole Brace School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 24 March 2015
Address Longden Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 9DW
Phone Number 01743235961
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Academy Sponsor Central Shropshire Academy Trust
Local Authority Shropshire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Meole Brace School Science College is a larger than average secondary school. It has grown by almost 200 students since its last inspection. Most students are of White British Heritage. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is larger than the national average. The proportion of students who are supported by the pupil premium (additional funding for those students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and for those who are looked after by the local authority) is below the national average. A small number of students in Years 10 and 11 take vocational courses off site, provided by County Training and Geared Learning. The school meets the current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. An ethos of welcome, care and support for every student is evident in all that this improving school does. The headteacher sets this expectation and all staff support it. Good senior and middle leadership have improved teaching and achievement in key areas, including mathematics. The school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and is supplemented with well-planned experiences and opportunities for students. The proportion of students who leave the school having achieved at least five good GCSE grades, including English and mathematics, is consistently above the national average. Teaching is good; teachers’ strong subject knowledge and skilful questioning help students to deepen their understanding and make good progress. Students are polite, considerate to others and keen to do the very best they can. The school ensures they are kept safe at all times. The behaviour of students is of a consistently high standard, both in lessons and around the school. The provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a significant strength of the school. Governors are passionate about their school and its mission to bring out the best in every student. The school does a great deal to help and support parents to overcome the many potential pitfalls of raising teenagers. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Leaders’ plans for improvement do not set out clear enough criteria against which the school’s success can be measured, and this limits governors’ ability to hold leaders to account. The gaps in achievement between disadvantaged and other students, although closing, are still too wide. Teachers do not always provide work that is accurately matched to the abilities of all the students they teach and the work they set, especially for the most able students, is not always challenging enough to hold their interest. The quality of marking and feedback is variable across the school and does not always help students to improve.