Otley Prince Henry’s Grammar School Specialist Language College

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Otley Prince Henry’s Grammar School Specialist Language College

Name Otley Prince Henry’s Grammar School Specialist Language College
Website http://www.princehenrys.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 February 2013
Address Farnley Lane, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 2BB
Phone Number 01943463524
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1565
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.1
Academy Sponsor Collaborative Learning Trust
Local Authority 383
Percentage Free School Meals 7.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%
Persisitent Absence 13.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is much larger than other secondary schools. The very large majority of students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students with special educational needs who are supported at school action is well below average. The proportion supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. Pupil premium funding supports those who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those in the care of a local authority and those whose families are in the armed forces. The alternative providers used by the school are Leeds City College and the Central College of health and Beauty. The school meets the government’s current floor standard which set out the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. Otley Prince Henry’s converted to academy status in December 2011. When its predecessor school, Otley Prince Henry’s Grammar School Specialist Language College was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. The school is part of the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance and is in an informal partnership with a number of other local schools and academies. The headteacher is a local leader of education and she is a member of a strategic board within the local authority. The school also has several specialist leaders of education.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The quality of teaching is good and so students achieve well during their time in the school. At age 16, students’ attainment is significantly above the national average in most subjects, including the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. It is rising year on year. The effectiveness of the sixth form is good because sixth form students also achieve well overall. Students behave extremely well and have exceptionally positive attitudes towards their learning. Their attendance is above average. A very rich range of experiences are provided for students. These enhance their enjoyment of school and promote mature and well considered opinions and values. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is of a very high order. The strong emphasis on languages and related cultural issues fosters students’ global perspective. Students are very proud of the school and are excellent ambassadors for it. Leaders and governors are highly ambitious for the school and its students. The headteacher has communicated a clear vision centred on improving teaching and students’ outcomes and demonstrates an exemplary and successful drive towards bringing this about. She is ably supported by the senior leaders and, increasingly, by other leaders. The governing body is well informed and perceptive about the quality of achievement and teaching and provide high levels of challenge and support to the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although students achieve well overall, there is some variation across subjects, classes and for different groups of students. The quality of teaching is not consistently effective. In a minority of lessons students do not learn as well as they do in the best.