Wetherby High School

Name Wetherby High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 January 2019
Address Hallfield Lane, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 6JS
Phone Number 01937522500
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 619 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.1
Local Authority Leeds
Percentage Free School Meals 9.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.3%
Persisitent Absence 17.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Wetherby High School is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils with an education, health and care plan is below the national average. The school uses alternative provision at the Music and Arts Provision (MAP) and at Aspire and Achieve. The school works in close partnership with Carr Manor Community School in Leeds which provides support with school leadership. The school is currently in consultation to disband the Education Trust for Wetherby (foundation status).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher’s strong and focused leadership, supported by the executive headteacher, has ensured that Wetherby High School now provides a good education for its pupils. Governors have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and areas that still need development. They challenge and support leaders effectively. Since the last inspection, leaders have driven improvement relentlessly. Their determination and the positive ethos they have created is helping to promote further improvement. Pupils are keen to improve their work. Behaviour in and around the school is outstanding. Pupils are courteous, friendly and routinely regulate their own behaviour. Pupils have very high expectations of each other’s behaviour. Pupils of all abilities have opportunities to develop their personal and social skills through a wide range of extra-curricular activities. This is underpinned by the school’s approach to mixed-age ‘coaching’ groups. Students make good progress across a range of vocational and academic subjects in the sixth form. Leaders and teachers ensure that students are well supported. Overall, teaching is good, although there is some variation in quality, particularly in key stage 3. Teachers have good subject knowledge and are enthusiastic. They know their pupils very well and plan lessons to meet the needs of most pupils. However, lessons do not consistently provide enough challenge for the most able, and this hinders the progress they make. The progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils have improved significantly as a result of effective deployment of additional resources and direct teacher interventions. Leaders carefully track pupils’ progress and put in a range of strategies to address any underperformance. The school is very well supported by the local authority and held in high regard by parents and carers. Pupils say they are safe and secure in the school. Arrangements to safeguard and protect them from harm are effective.