|Name||Old Swinford Hospital|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||06 February 2013|
|Address||Heath Lane, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1QX|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||624 (88% boys 12% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||13.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||1.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||11.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||14.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals, for whom the school receives additional income (the pupil premium), is well below the national average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs, who receive support through school action, is above that found nationally. The proportion of these students who receive support through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is well below the national average. Each individual’s identified special need is different. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is broadly average, although the percentage known to speak English as an additional language is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The large majority of students are boarders. Students join the school from other parts of the United Kingdom and abroad. A very small proportion of the students are selected on ability and the rest are selected by suitability to board. Students are admitted to the school either in Years 7, 9 or 12. A quarter of students in the sixth form are girls, none of whom board. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body are both new in post since the last inspection.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Most students reach exceptionally high standards in English and mathematics at GCSE and in their A levels. Their attitudes to work are exemplary and they show a very high level of commitment to their studies. Teaching is mostly good or better. Teachers have very good subject knowledge which they apply through effective questioning of students to check their understanding. Leaders and managers know the school very well and are highly focused on achieving improvements. Students benefit from a very extensive range of additional activities that complement their learning in the classroom. The governing body is diligent in carrying out its responsibilities well and holding the school to account for its performance. Arrangements for the safeguarding and welfare of students are good and ensure that students are in a secure environment ready to learn. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a few instances teaching requires improvement where teachers spend too long speaking to the whole class. This does not always give students time to demonstrate what they have learnt. There have been a few instances of misbehaviour outside the classroom. There is some inconsistency in subject leadership. Not all are tracking pupil progress rigorously enough or sufficiently checking if the quality of teaching meets the needs of all groups of learners. The range of courses offered to students does not fully match the needs of a small minority of students.