Weatherhead High School

Name Weatherhead High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 December 2012
Address Breck Rd, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 3HS
Phone Number 01516314400
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 1570 (1% boys 99% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.0
Academy Sponsor Peninsula Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Wirral
Percentage Free School Meals 20.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized secondary school with a large sixth form. Students in Year 7-11 are all girls but the sixth form is mixed. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after by the local authority, or from service families is higher than the national average. Over 90% of students are White British and the vast majority of students speak English as their first language. The proportion of students identified with special educational needs and supported through school action is slightly above the national average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is slightly above the national average. A small number of students in Key Stage 4 attend courses at local colleges. The school has specialist status for media and leadership. It has gained the Investors in People Award, the Media Arts Gold Award, the Sports Leadership Award, and the Cultural Diversity Gold Award and has Healthy School status. The school meets the government’s floor standard, which is the minimum expected for students’ attainment and progress. Weatherhead High School converted to become an academy school in January 2012. When its predecessor school, Weatherhead High School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students make outstanding progress whatever their starting point or circumstances and the standards they achieve are significantly above national averages. In Key Stage 3 rates of progress are exceptionally high in mathematics but are not quite as impressive in English. Teaching in recent years is outstanding. Every individual student matters and teachers plan and adapt their lessons, effectively checking that each student’s needs are met. This enables all students to make outstanding progress. The excellent relationship between staff and students, which is built on mutual respect, inspires confidence and creates an environment in which outstanding learning takes place. The behaviour of students in classrooms and around the school is exemplary. They feel happy and safe and talk with a real sense of pride and enthusiasm about what this school offers them. They value and appreciate the support they receive from all staff. Those students whose circumstances might put them at risk are particularly well looked after. The school has a very strong sense of community and the successes it has achieved are very much a result of a team effort. Pride in the school is shared by all students, teaching and support staff. All leaders and managers are uncompromising in their quest to give all students first class opportunities to learn. As a result, students make outstanding progress. There is a great determination to improve teaching and learning and effective training helps staff to learn from each other in order to further improve their classroom practice. Leaders are quick to identify any areas of underperformance and deal with these effectively. This unswerving commitment to improvement leads to exceptional student achievement. The leadership specialism is at the heart of the school. There is an excellent focus on developing students’ personal skills and the leadership skills of all staff and students. Governance is very strong. The chair of governors and her team have a deep knowledge of the school and have played a considerable part in bringing about outstanding improvement. The sixth form is good and rapidly improving. Students achieve very well and make a very positive contribution to the life of the school. However students do not make as much progress in A/S separate sciences as they do in the other sixth form subjects.