Bilton School - A Maths and Computing College
- Nov. 30, 2011)
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1009 pupils, Mixed
|Unique Reference Number||125749|
|Inspection dates||27–28 April 2010|
|Reporting inspector||Deborah James|
|Type of school||Secondary|
|Age range of pupils||11–16|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||1052|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Chair||Ms Allison Chappel|
|Headteacher||Ms Patsy Weighill|
|Date of previous school inspection||6 November 2006|
|School address||Lawford Lane|
|Telephone number||01788 840600|
|Fax number||01788 840610|
|Inspection dates||27–28 April 2010|
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This inspection was carried out by five additional inspectors who visited 56 lessons, observed 48 teachers and held meetings with staff, groups of pupils and the Chair of the Governing Body. They observed the school's work and studied a range of documentation, including the school's improvement plan, minutes of governing body meetings, departmental monitoring evidence and records of students' progress. Inspectors also reviewed responses to questionnaires returned from students, staff and 124 parents and carers.
The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school's work. It looked in detail at the following:
This secondary school is larger than average and gained specialist status for mathematics and computing in 2004. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. However, the proportion of students from minority ethnic groups and with a first language other than English has increased over the last three years. The entitlement to free school meals is below average.
The school was issued with a local authority notice to improve in October 2008, since when there have been considerable leadership changes. A new headteacher took up her post in April 2010 following a period of almost three terms where the school was led by an acting headteacher supported by an executive headteacher from another school. This support will continue at a reduced level for a further year as the school builds its own leadership capacity.
|Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory, and 4 is inadequate|
|Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms|
Overall effectiveness: how good is the school?
The school's capacity for sustained improvement
The school has faced considerable challenge since the last inspection: attainment fell markedly between 2007 and 2009 and students made inadequate progress. A change in leadership in 2009 and substantial support from an executive headteacher has led to rapid improvement. Parents and carers, students and staff have commented on improved behaviour and better teaching. Attendance has improved and is now above average as a result of the consistent application of a robust set of procedures. These improvements, along with a more appropriate curriculum and rising levels of student achievement, reflect the school's satisfactory capacity for sustained improvement.
As a result of better teaching and a range of intervention strategies, students, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, are now making at least satisfactory progress. The progress of Year 11 students in English and mathematics is carefully tracked and provides convincing evidence of the effectiveness of improvement strategies. Over the last year, school leaders have put in place a number of strategies to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The positive impact of these was seen during the inspection: the majority of teaching is now good or better and the levels of inadequate teaching have been dramatically reduced. However, the school recognises that a minority of teaching remains satisfactory and, as a result, students are not consistently supported to make good progress. In the most effective lessons expectations are clear and students engage with challenging tasks that interest and motivate them. In other lessons, there is too much teacher talk and a lack of opportunities for students to participate actively in their learning. The quality of marking and feedback is inconsistent, with a significant amount of marking that is brief and infrequent.
Students are valued and well cared for. The vast majority of students say they feel safe and know that there is always an adult who will help and deal quickly with any problem.
The recruitment of new senior leaders, including a new headteacher from April 2010, and the restructuring of roles and responsibilities of those already in post have considerably strengthened the leadership team. Senior and middle leaders now have an accurate view of the school's current strengths and what needs to be done to bring about improvement. However, analysis of school performance information does not yet place enough emphasis on the progress and engagement of different groups of students in the action plans being developed.
Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils
The majority of students enjoy school. They have good relationships with their teachers and other support staff. Inspectors observed many examples of students working well together and supporting one another's learning. For example, in a Year 7 PE lesson all students were able to give effective feedback to each other on their bowling techniques and progress was clearly visible. However, when students are required to undertake activities that are dull or repetitive, a minority become less engaged and the pace of learning slows.
In 2009, the proportion of students gaining five good GCSEs including English and mathematics fell by 7% and was significantly below average. Other measures of attainment also fell for all groups of learners, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Boys' attainment was lower than that of girls, although the difference was in line with the national difference. Overall attainment including performance in the specialist subjects, measured over a three year period, is average. Inspectors found that current attainment has improved and the performance of current Year 11 students is in line with national expectations.
Students are generally positive, friendly and keen to talk about what they are doing. They know how to stay healthy and the school encourages them to participate in a range of sporting activities. However, too few students currently follow recommendations on eating healthily and taking regular exercise. Students understand right from wrong and charitable fundraising adds to their moral development. The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities but has limited information on how different groups of students take up these opportunities. Students participate enthusiastically in a well-structured school council and others have taken on responsibilities as faculty learning ambassadors, providing curriculum areas with feedback on students' views of teaching and learning. Students develop effective personal qualities and work-related skills that prepare them for their future adult life.
During the inspection the vast majority of students behaved well in lessons and around the school. However, parent and student surveys and discussions with students indicated that, on occasions, the poor behaviour of a small minority disrupts learning. The school is currently reviewing its procedures and sanctions for poor behaviour to ensure a more consistent approach from all staff. Having improved attendance, the school is actively supporting students who do not always arrive on time for school or lessons.
These are the grades for pupils' outcomes
|Pupils' achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning|
Taking into account:
The quality of pupils' learning and their progress
The quality of learning for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their progress
|The extent to which pupils feel safe||2|
|The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles||3|
|The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community||3|
|The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being|
Taking into account:
|The extent of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development||3|
1 The grades for attainment and attendance are: 1 is high; 2 is above average; 3 is broadly average; and 4 is low
Teachers have good subject knowledge and most lessons are carefully planned so that students show interest in their work and make the expected progress. In more effective lessons teachers use a sequence of activities to challenge and motivate students and check and develop their understanding with well-targeted, probing questioning. Students are aware of their current performance and their target grades. In a few lessons these are used to ensure that students understand how they can improve their work and make further progress. Students are keen to acknowledge the extremely valuable feedback given through marking in some subject areas. However, much marking is less useful, with a focus on presentation and completion rather than prioritising the means by which learning can be improved. Inspectors agreed with the comments of several parents and carers that there was considerable variation in the frequency and quality of homework.
The curriculum has undergone recent change in order to more effectively meet the needs of all learners. At Key Stage 3, the school has prioritised a number of initiatives to support students in developing better learning and study skills. At Key Stage 4, the focus has been on increasing the range of academic and vocational courses to motivate and engage all students. The curriculum has been enriched by partnership work to extend vocational provision and support the needs of particular groups, for example through gifted and talented days at neighbouring secondary schools. The school has been keen to increase the impact of its specialist focus through the introduction of early entry for information and communication technology (ICT) qualifications in Year 9. As a result, students have gained in self-confidence and established their competence in a key skill. The full impact of these curriculum changes has yet to be realised in student achievement. The programme of extra-curricular, enrichment and enhancement activities is a strong feature of the curriculum, adding to students' enjoyment and contributing to other aspects of their personal development and well-being.
Students are known to staff as individuals and a strong pastoral structure sustains a variety of support and intervention strategies. The school has good links with a number of outside agencies. There is good provision made for students with diverse and challenging needs. Transition arrangements from primary schools are well supported by visits from the specialist subject teachers to partner schools.
These are the grades for the quality of provision
|The quality of teaching|
Taking into account:
The use of assessment to support learning
|The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs, including, where relevant, through partnerships||3|
|The effectiveness of care, guidance and support||2|
The new headteacher has already won the confidence of staff and continues to drive the improvement strategies that were put in place by the interim leadership team. The impact of these strategies on behaviour, attitudes to learning and the progress in lessons, indicates that leaders at all levels are working effectively together to deliver improvement. The senior leadership team is bringing about a change in the school's ethos and creating a more purposeful learning environment. There has been a sustained focus on the need to raise the quality of teaching and learning in order to raise attainment and improve progress. Senior leaders have set high expectations and motivated others to improve by: providing training for all staff on a variety of teaching and learning strategies; a rigorous programme of lesson observations by senior and middle leaders; and support plans for staff who are not consistently teaching satisfactory lessons. As a result, the school's monitoring records show a significant improvement in the quality of teaching; this was confirmed by the lesson observations carried out by inspectors.
Whole-school self-evaluation has identified appropriate areas for development and suitable plans have been put in place. Faculty leaders and teachers track the progress of students and have focused their attention this year on delivering high-quality intervention activities for students who are not making the expected progress. Faculty leader have an accurate picture of the strengths and weaknesses of teaching in their departments and are increasingly developing the skills to support and challenge underperformance.
Governors know the school very well and have challenged senior leaders over recent years to ensure the school meets the needs of its students. All requirements for the safeguarding of students were in place at the time of the inspection. The school has thorough and robust systems for assessing risk and ensuring the health and safety of students and staff.
Partnerships with a wide range of local agencies are having a good impact on care and support of students, especially those who are vulnerable. The strong partnership with a neighbouring school has been invaluable in supporting the school in developing its strategic direction and improving the quality of teaching and use of assessment data. Equality policies are in place and senior leaders carefully analyse data on the academic performance of different groups of students. However, the school has less information about how different groups of students participate in extra-curricular activities and the broader life of the school. The school has a good understanding of its ethnic, religious and socio-economic context. Students from different backgrounds get on well together but the school is still in the process of developing its outreach work in the local and wider community.
These are the grades for leadership and management
|The effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement|
Taking into account:
The leadership and management of teaching and learning
|The effectiveness of the governing body in challenging and supporting the|
school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and statutory responsibilities met
|The effectiveness of the school's engagement with parents and carers||3|
|The effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being||2|
|The effectiveness with which the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination||3|
|The effectiveness of safeguarding procedures||2|
|The effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion||3|
|The effectiveness with which the school deploys resources to achieve value for money||3|
Just over 10% of parents and carers returned the inspection questionnaire. Of these, the great majority are happy with their children's experiences in the school. They believe that the school is well led and teaching is good. The great majority of parents agree that their children feel safe at school. There were a small number of concerns raised about poor behaviour. Inspectors found that behaviour around the school and in lessons was satisfactory and, although there was some evidence of disruptive behaviour, the school was taking appropriate actions to deal with it. Parents were in least agreement with the support the school gave them in helping their children. This may, in part, be explained by the inconsistent approach taken by the school towards homework.
Ofsted invited all the registered parents and carers of pupils registered at Bilton School - A Maths and Computing College to complete a questionnaire about their views of the school.
In the questionnaire, parents and carers were asked to record how strongly they agreed with 13 statements about the school. The inspection team received 124 completed questionnaires by the end of the on-site inspection. In total, there are 1052 pupils registered at the school.
|My child enjoys school||32||26||74||60||16||13||1||1|
|The school keeps my child safe||31||25||87||70||4||3||0||0|
|My school informs me about my child's progress||30||24||71||57||19||15||3||2|
|My child is making enough progress at this school||21||17||75||61||20||16||3||2|
|The teaching is good at this school||17||14||86||70||12||10||1||1|
|The school helps me to support my child's learning||10||8||75||61||30||24||2||2|
|The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle||10||8||88||72||20||16||1||1|
|The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example changing year group, changing school, and for children who are finishing school, entering further or higher education, or entering employment)||18||15||76||61||11||9||3||2|
|The school meets my child's particular needs||15||12||83||67||17||14||4||3|
|The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour||21||17||81||65||13||11||2||2|
|The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns||12||10||80||65||19||15||5||4|
|The school is led and managed effectively||20||16||75||61||9||7||3||2|
|Overall, I am happy with my child's experience at this school||21||17||78||63||17||14||5||4|
The table above summarises the responses that parents and carers made to each statement. The percentages indicate the proportion of parents and carers giving that response out of the total number of completed questionnaires. Where one or more parents and carers chose not to answer a particular question, the percentages will not add up to 100%.
|Grade 1||Outstanding||These features are highly effective. An oustanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs.|
|Grade 2||Good||These are very positive features of a school. A school that is good is serving its pupils well.|
|Grade 3||Satisfactory||These features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory school is providing adequately for its pupils.|
|Grade 4||Inadequate||These features are not of an acceptable standard. An inadequate school needs to make significant improvement in order to meet the needs of its pupils. Ofsted inspectors will make further visits until it improves.|
|Overall effectiveness judgement (percentage of schools)|
|Type of school||Outstanding||Good||Satisfactory||Inadequate|
|Pupil referral |
the progress and success of a pupil in their learning, development or training.
the standard of the pupils' work shown by test and examination results and in lessons.
|Capacity to improve:|
the proven ability of the school to continue improving. Inspectors base this judgement on what the school has accomplished so far and on the quality of its systems to maintain improvement.
|Leadership and management:|
the contribution of all the staff with responsibilities, not just the headteacher, to identifying priorities, directing and motivating staff and running the school.
how well pupils acquire knowledge, develop their understanding, learn and practise skills and are developing their competence as learners.
inspectors form a judgement on a school's overall effectiveness based on the findings from their inspection of the school. The following judgements, in particular, influence what the overall effectiveness judgement will be.
the rate at which pupils are learning in lessons and over longer periods of time. It is often measured by comparing the pupils' attainment at the end of a key stage with their attainment when they started.
Thursday 29 April 2010
Inspection of Bilton School - A Maths and Computing College, Rugby, CV22 7JT
Thank you for the warm welcome you gave the inspection team when we visited your school recently. We enjoyed being in your lessons and talking to you and were impressed with the maturity with which you answered our questions. Yours is a satisfactory school that is showing clear signs of improvement and you are rightly proud of it.
These are the main findings of the inspection.
Your attendance is good and the school values you and looks after you well.
Teaching is improving rapidly and much of it is good but some lessons do not allow you sufficient opportunities to develop and practise new skills.
As a result of better teaching and additional support from staff, you are now making expected progress.
Marking does not always give you clear information on what you have achieved and how you can improve.
Senior leaders have made significant progress in improving your school over the last year and your new headteacher has already created confidence that the rate of recent improvements will continue.
We have asked the school to make the following improvements.
Make sure that more of your lessons are good or outstanding, with better marking and more motivating learning activities so you make better progress.
Develop the systems that school leaders use to monitor all aspects of your progress so that they know when and how to make changes for further improvement.
We would like you to help your school by continuing to work hard and behave well.
Thank you again for helping us with the inspection of your school. We wish you every success in the future.
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