|Name||Meols Cop High School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||02 October 2012|
|Address||Meols Cop Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JS|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||835 (57% boys 43% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||13.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||15.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||6.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||10.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Meols Cop High School is smaller than the average size secondary school. The proportion of students supported through school action is greater than the national average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is more than twice the national average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is greater than the national average. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is broadly in line with the national average. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is below the national average. A greater than average proportion of students join the school other than at the start of Year 7 and leave the school other than at the end of Year 11. The school works in partnership with the Sefton Education Business Partnership to provide work placements for a small number of students in Key Stage 4. The school has resourced provision for eight students with Asperger’s Syndrome and also for a further twelve students with dyslexia. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which is the minimum expected for students’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Achievement has risen substantially since the previous inspection. The overwhelming majority of students make significantly better progress than their peers nationally, particularly in English. Teachers plan lessons that engage and challenge students, ensuring all make at least good progress. Teachers are self-critical and keen to learn from each other as to how to improve their lessons further. Students enjoy coming to school and say that they feel safe. Effective and consistently applied systems to manage poor behaviour ensure that lessons proceed well. Students are courteous and polite. They take great pride in their school. This school crackles with ambition. Leadership at all levels demonstrates a unified determination to drive further improvements in outcomes for students. Performance management has been used highly effectively in eradicating poor teaching and other areas of weakness. In addition, a vibrant culture of continuous improvement has been established, which is shared by all members of the school community. The school has the following strengths The drive to promote literacy skills across the curriculum has been highly effective in securing improvements in achievement. The school provides a haven of support and aspiration. Individual students are valued and at the same time challenged to succeed.