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Stanley Park High School : Ofsted Report

25–26 September 2006
Reporting Inspector: 
Sean Hanan HMI
Description of the school: 

This is a medium-sized community comprehensive school. The 11 plus system in Sutton means that very few students in the top quartile of the ability range attend the school. 29% of students are eligible for free school meals, almost twice the national average. 45% of students have recognised learning difficulties and/or disabilities, compared to a national average of 18%. About one in four students are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The designated centre for the Borough to support autistic students is located in the school.

Overall effectiveness and Average across all judgements

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Leadership, management and capacity for school improvement

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Overall achievement & academic performance

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Care, Guidance and Personal development

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Ofsted assessment

Stanley Park High School is an improving school. Overall, it provides satisfactory education for its students. The new headteacher together with a largely new senior leadership team have successfully focussed the school on improving teaching and learning and raising standards. The school is well led and managed. Governors are effective and very supportive of the school.

Overall, students' personal development and well being are satisfactory. Students' behaviour is good and much improved in the past year. Attendance is satisfactory and improved monitoring is increasing attendance gradually. They enjoy being at school and are well supported. Students know about healthy eating and exercise, but need to take more personal responsibility for doing so. They feel safe and able to talk to staff if there is a problem.

Significant work to the buildings and to improve furnishings and decoration has improved the atmosphere and the learning environment in the school. Teaching and learning have improved recently and are satisfactory overall. Although standards have risen over the past two years, they remain below the national average for all secondary schools. Progress made by students and their subsequent achievement are satisfactory.

A good and relevant choice of subjects is provided, particularly for students in Years 10 and 11 who can choose to follow courses such as construction, horticulture and hair and beauty alongside more traditional GCSE courses. The care, guidance and support provided for students are good. Students with learning difficulties are well supported, both in and out of lessons. There is particularly good provision for autistic students in the school's specialist facilities.

The school knows itself and is well aware of areas that require improvement. Primarily this means continuing to raise standards and encouraging students to work more effectively independently. Inspectors agreed with almost all the judgements in the school's self-evaluation. The capacity for further improvement is good and the school provides good value for money.

What can be improved

  • Ensure that teaching and learning are consistently good in order to raise standards
  • Improve students' ability to work independently and provide more support in helping them to reach their targets

Achievement and standards

Grade: 3

Grade for sixth form: 3

Students' achievement is satisfactory although standards are below average because of the low starting points of many. Progress in Years 7 to 11 has improved recently but it is not yet consistent across all subjects. For example, at the end of Year 11 students do well in subjects such as science, English, business studies, information and communications technology (ICT) and vocational courses but less well in others such as mathematics and geography. The school is aware of where development is needed and has taken appropriate steps to improve the quality of learning and teaching. These measures together with improved behaviour are helping students to make more rapid progress. In the past, girls achieved less well than boys but in the most recent GCSE examinations this trend was reversed. Students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and those from minority ethnic backgrounds make as much progress as their peers. In the sixth form, students make satisfactory progress in relation to their varying starting points. There are examples of good achievement in some subjects such as ICT and sport.

Progress of Special Needs learners, and equality of opportunity

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Behaviour & attendance of learners

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Curriculum and Teaching

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