Queen Elizabeth High School

Name Queen Elizabeth High School
Website www.qehs.co/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 October 2017
Address Ashfields, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4QS
Phone Number 01885482230
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 315 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.0
Academy Sponsor Qehc Academy Trust
Local Authority Herefordshire, County of
Percentage Free School Meals 11.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.3%
Persisitent Absence 12.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information in its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. Until recently, the school was called Queen Elizabeth Humanities College. The school is smaller than an average secondary school. Most pupils enter the school with levels of prior attainment which are broadly in line with the national average. However, in some year groups average prior attainment is below the national. The proportion of pupils who enter or leave the school at different points of the school year is higher than the national average. One out of every five pupils are supported by the pupil premium. This proportion is lower than the national average. Many of the pupils are of White British background and the school has a lower-than-average intake of pupils of minority ethnic heritage. A very small proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. There is an above-average proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. A below-average proportion of pupils have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health or care plan. A small number of pupils attend alternative provision at Longlands Care Farm, Whitbourne, for part of the week. The school met the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 11, in 2016. This information is not yet available for the 2017 cohort because progress information for Year 11 has not yet been validated. Leaders and governors receive external support from two national leaders of education.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have successfully tackled the areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection. They demonstrate the capacity to drive further improvements at the school. The school’s culture of pastoral care and safeguarding is exemplary. Pupils benefit from the high levels of support and care that they receive. Parents comment extremely positively on this aspect of the school’s provision. Outcomes at the end of Year 11 have improved sharply since the last inspection. Pupils make progress similar to other pupils nationally. Disadvantaged pupils make better progress than other pupils nationally because leaders effectively target additional support. Pupils are considerate and polite. They are highly respectful of each other. Good teaching engages pupils. Pupils enjoy learning, and positive relationships exist between teachers and their pupils. These relationships contribute to the positive working environment. Current systems to encourage and reward pupils are highly motivational and effective. The curriculum is well planned, inclusive and meets pupils’ needs and aspirations. Pupils study a broad range of subjects that ensure they are very well prepared for the next steps of their education. Leaders are aware of differences in standards between subjects and variations in progress rates for some pupils, particularly the most able. Leaders have effectively reduced most of these differences, but not all. Disadvantaged pupils’ attendance has improved, but only recently.