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Astley Sports College and Community High School

Astley Sports College and Community High School
Yew Tree Lane

phone: 0161 3382374

headteacher: Mr Eamonn Murphy

reveal email: m…

school holidays: via Tameside council

569 pupils aged 11—15y mixed gender
831 pupils capacity: 68% full

255 boys 45%


315 girls 55%


Last updated: July 21, 2014

Secondary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 395370, Northing: 396965
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.469, Longitude: -2.0712
Accepting pupils
11—16 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
June 17, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
North West › Stalybridge and Hyde › Dukinfield Stalybridge
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Admissions policy
Main specialism
Sports (Operational)
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Free school meals %
Learning provider ref #

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  1. Cromwell High School SK165BJ (60 pupils)
  2. 0.1 miles Yew Tree Community Primary School and Acorn Nursery SK165BJ (515 pupils)
  3. 0.1 miles Oakdale School and Acorn Nursery SK165LD (106 pupils)
  4. 0.2 miles St Mary's Catholic Primary School SK165LB (206 pupils)
  5. 0.3 miles All Saints Catholic College SK165AP
  6. 0.3 miles All Saints Catholic College SK165AP (779 pupils)
  7. 0.4 miles Oakfield Primary and Moderate Learning Difficulties Resource Base SK144EZ (230 pupils)
  8. 0.4 miles Bradley Green Community Primary School SK144NA (213 pupils)
  9. 0.4 miles St John's CofE Primary School, Dukinfield SK165JA (252 pupils)
  10. 0.6 miles Broadbent Fold Primary School and Nursery SK165DP (231 pupils)
  11. 0.7 miles Flowery Field Primary School SK144SN (477 pupils)
  12. 0.7 miles Thomas Ashton School SK144SS (46 pupils)
  13. 0.7 miles Bridgeway PRU SK164XS
  14. 0.8 miles St Paul's Catholic Primary School SK144AG (231 pupils)
  15. 0.8 miles Hyde Community College SK144SP (925 pupils)
  16. 0.8 miles Trinity School SK151SH (102 pupils)
  17. 0.9 miles Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School SK152DP (461 pupils)
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  19. 0.9 miles Tameside Pupil Referral Service SK164UJ (129 pupils)
  20. 1 mile Globe Lane Primary School SK164UJ
  21. 1 mile Clarendon Fields Primary School SK164LP
  22. 1 mile St Peter's Catholic Primary School SK152HB (232 pupils)
  23. 1 mile Ravensfield Primary School SK164JG (457 pupils)
  24. 1.1 mile Godley Community Primary School SK142QB (263 pupils)

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01 July 2015
Mr Eamonn Murphy
Astley Sports College and Community High School
Yew Tree Lane
SK16 5BL
Dear Mr Murphy

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Astley Sports
College and Community High School, Tameside

Following my visit to your school on 30 June 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection

findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made available to
discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most recent
section 5 inspection.
The visit was the second monitoring inspection since the school was judged to
require improvement following the section 5 inspection in June 2014. It was carried
out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

  • ensure that all staff are challenging the most able students, particularly in Key
    Stage 3, in order for them to make the best possible progress
  • ensure that all staff are consistently following the behaviour policy
  • ensure that students’ achievement in science improves rapidly.
    During the visit, I met with you and other senior leaders, the Chair of the Governing
    Body, a representative from the local authority and two groups of students. I
    evaluated the school self-evaluation document and scrutinised student achievement
    data. I also made a short visit to the special educational needs department, and to
    English, French, Learn 4 Life and drama lessons.
    Main findings
    Since my last visit in September 2014, you and other senior leaders have continued
    to drive improvements across the school. As a result, you have taken significant
    steps forward on your journey to becoming a good school at the time of your next
    section 5 inspection.
    Over recent months, your senior leadership team has worked collaboratively to bring
    about improvements in the quality of teaching, which has had a positive impact on
    students’ progress. You have not shied away from making tough staffing decisions in
    a manner which you describe as, `rigorous but not ruthless´.
    The new associate deputy headteacher, who was appointed at Easter, has added
    capacity to the senior leadership team. It is clear from my discussion with him that
    the positive predictions for the summer examination results are based on a robust
    system of tracking students’ progress. His leadership of this area, coupled with
    strong internal and external moderation procedures, means that the achievement
    data are now much more secure. The school’s own judgement on the improvement
    in the quality of teaching is underpinned by these data on students’ progress as well
    as lesson observations.
    The attainment and progress of Year 11 students is predicted to improve in English
    and mathematics this year. Gaps between disadvantaged students and their peers,
    are also likely to close, significantly so when comparing the progress they make in
    English and mathematics. The positive picture in these two subjects is not, however,
    matched by the predicted outcomes for students in science. You are aware of the
    issues that have led to this situation, and have already put plans in place to tackle
    them. The progress of students in Key Stage 3 in science presents a more
    encouraging picture than Key Stage 4.
    At the last section 5 inspection, the achievement of the most able was identified as
    an area for improvement. Although there has been some progress in this area, it
    remains a cause for concern, particularly in Key Stage 3. A work scrutiny revealed
    that there is still insufficient challenge for students in Year 7, which is particularly
    concerning as I commented upon this following my last monitoring inspection.
    When I visited classrooms, I was impressed by the continued improvement in
    students’ attitudes to learning. Some of the students I spoke to felt that they were
    benefiting from better teaching which was helping them to improve their grades.
    The Key Stage 3 students in the discussion felt that the behaviour policy was making
    a difference but were frustrated that there remained a minority of staff who were
    not using the system properly. Consequently, there are still some occasions where
    their learning is being disrupted; this is particularly the case in low ability sets and
    during afternoon lessons.
    The calm atmosphere that I commented upon in my last letter continues to pervade
    the school. I noticed that displays around departments reflect a focus on learning.
    You have had some success in improving the capacity of middle leaders but
    recognise that there is still work to be done to ensure consistent high quality at this
    level of leadership. You will be appointing a new director of science and English in
    the new academic year, and we discussed how important these two middle
    leadership positions are to the ongoing improvement journey at Astley.
    The strengthened governing body continues to be a driving force for improvement.
    Knowing the school extremely well, the Chair of Governors is well placed to provide
    the appropriate challenge to you and other leaders. Governors and senior leaders
    are united in their core purpose of improving the progress and outcomes for
    students across the school.
    Ofsted may carry out further monitoring inspections and, where necessary, provide
    further support and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.
    External support
    You and other leaders continue to benefit from a strong relationship with the local
    authority. They have played a key role in strengthening the governing body and the
    wider leadership of the school. My discussion with the local authority officer revealed
    that he has an accurate assessment of where the school is on its improvement
    I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and to the Director of
    Children’s Services for Tameside.
    Yours sincerely
    Anne Seneviratne
    Her Majesty’s Inspector
CfBT Inspection Services
Suite 22
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