|Name||Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||05 March 2014|
|Address||Eaton Road, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0BL|
|Number of Pupils||1177 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||4.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.6%|
Information about this school
Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College is an average-sized school. The proportion of students supported through school action is below average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium (additional government funding to support students known to be eligible for free school meals, children of service families and those looked after by the local authority) is well below the national average. The majority students are White British with a very small proportion of students from minority ethnic groups. Very few students speak English as an additional language. A small number of students attend alternative provision for part of each week. The school uses Mid-Cheshire College to provide level 1 vocational courses. Strong links are in place with all partner primary schools to ensure continuity of learning and progress from Key Stages 2 to 3. The school is part of the Rural Excellence Action Partnership to share best practice with the three other rural schools. The headteacher is a local leader of education and has supported new headteachers in nearby schools. The school meets the current government floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College converted to become an academy in August 2012. When its predecessor school, Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College, was last inspected by Ofsted, its overall effectiveness was judged to be good.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The ethos and culture of the school develops both students and staff equally well and creates an enthusiasm for learning. All groups of students make rapid progress during their time in school and standards are well above the national average. Through well thought out and targeted spending of the extra money provided, the school is rapidly closing the gap that existed between the achievement of students eligible for support through the pupil premium and that of other students. Teachers are highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic; they have a determination to secure the best possible outcomes for all groups of students. Students do not always reflect sufficiently on teachers’ comments about their work and then improve it. Some opportunities to develop students’ thinking further through extended discussion are missed. Teaching assistants and other support staff make an invaluable contribution to the achievement and well-being of students. Students behave themselves extremely well and are eager to learn; they respect one another and their teachers. Students feel very safe in school and have a thorough awareness of e-safety. The sixth form is outstanding. It is highly successful in helping students to move on to higher education, training or employment. Leaders at all levels, managers and governors are relentless in their drive to bring about further improvement, particularly to the quality of teaching and students’ achievement. A strong focus on the professional development of staff is a key factor in developing high quality, innovative teaching. The curriculum is tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of students extremely well. The rich variety of extra-curricular activity has a positive impact on students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Governors support and hold the school to account very effectively and have a first-class understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development.