Ward End Community College Closed

Name Ward End Community College Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 04 March 2015
Address 962-968 Alum Rock Road, Ward End, Birmingham, West Midlands, B8 2LS
Phone Number 01217897060
Type Independent
Age Range 14-19
Religious Character None
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 0

Information about this school

Ward End Community College is a girls’ secondary school in Birmingham. The college opened in April 2007 and is located on the first floor of a refurbished two-storey building. The college’s proprietor is the Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust. A board of four trustees works with the Principal and headteacher. The college is registered to admit up to 40 girls from 14 to 19 years of age. Usually students are of Asian or East European origin. There are currently only four students, one of whom attends on a part-time basis. There are no students in the sixth form and there have not been for some time. The students all started after the first week in January 2015. The college did not have any students during the autumn term in 2014. The last group left in June 2014. The college does not retain records of their progress. No student has a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. All students speak English as an additional language and are at an early stage of speaking English. The college does not use any alternative providers. There is a post-19 provision on the college site and was not part of this inspection. The college’s last full inspection was in November 2011. A progress monitoring inspection took place in June 2012. The college aims to ‘provide a positive environment for learning and growth, which promotes excellence and inspires all individuals to discover, develop and fulfil their potential’.

Summary of key findings

This is a school that requires improvement. It is not good because : There are weaknesses in the leadership and management of the college caused by staff absence. The proprietor has not ensured that all the independent school regulations are met. Trustees and senior leaders have not maintained continuous checks on the quality of teaching and students’ achievement to ensure that they are good and continue to improve. They have not kept records of past students’ achievement. Leaders have not recently updated or renewed policies and schemes of work in subjects other than English, mathematics and science. This is reflected in the narrowness of some learning activities. The reading skills of the most able students are not always developed to the highest levels. This is because the college’s reading materials do not provide them with the opportunity to extend and practise their skills to reach the highest standards. Middle managers have not had sufficient recent training in the requirements of some of the subjects taught. As a result, they are unable to ensure that all students achieve well and make good progress in these subjects, including science. Leaders and managers have failed to keep an accurate record of admissions. The school has the following strengths Students behave well and are keen to learn. They feel safe and have confidence in their relationships with staff. Teachers have good skills to support the needs and rapid progress of early stage bilingual learners in English and mathematics. Students’ achievement in the basic skills in these subjects is good. The college is a recognised examinations centre and conducts all its validation activities well. The college provides good care and support to individual students. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good because tutors plan a good range of opportunities to build up their skills and awareness in these areas. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.