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.