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Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Arts and Community College

Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Arts and Community College
Sandpits Lane
West Midlands

phone: 024 76332382

headteacher: Mrs Marina Kelly


school holidays: via Coventry council

1236 pupils aged 11—18y mixed gender
1224 pupils capacity: 101% full

625 boys 51%


610 girls 49%


Last updated: June 18, 2014

Secondary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Roman Catholic
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 431593, Northing: 282807
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.442, Longitude: -1.5366
Accepting pupils
11—18 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
March 5, 2014
Archdiocese of Birmingham
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Coventry North West › Bablake
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Admissions policy
Main specialism
Arts (Operational)
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Sixth form
Has a sixth form
Free school meals %
Learning provider ref #

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9 June 2014
Mrs M Kelly
Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Arts and Community College
Sandpits Lane
Dear Mrs Kelly

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Cardinal Newman
Catholic School A Specialist Arts and Community College

Following my visit to your school on 6 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 first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in month and year. 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 all teachers:

 meet the learning needs of the most able students through appropriate

learning activities that provide challenge and broaden their knowledge
and understanding

 use effective marking and feedback, as seen in the majority of lessons,

which improves students’ knowledge, understanding and progress and

quickly corrects any misunderstandings or mistakes

 provide specific areas for improvement and feedback for disabled

students and those who have special educational needs that will help
them improve their work.

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During the visit I met with you, other school leaders and the Chair and three
members of the Governing Body to discuss the actions taken since the last
inspection. You showed me around the school and visits were made to lessons in
Year 7 religious education and mathematics, Year 8 and Year 10 science and Year 9
mathematics. During these visits I looked at the work in students’ books and spoke
to them about their learning. Meetings were held with the subject leaders of English,
mathematics, science, the head of sixth form and the special educational needs
coordinator (SENCO). I also met with students from Years 8, 9, 10 and 11. I

evaluated the school’s self-evaluation form and improvement plan. I looked at a
range of documents, including the school’s information about students’ progress and
attainment and the headteacher’s report to governors. I met with a representative of

the local authority and had a telephone discussion with an education consultant who
provides support to the school leaders.


Since the inspection in March, one member of staff has left the school. There have
been no other significant changes.

Main findings

The headteacher, school leaders and the governing body, with the support of the
local authority, acted quickly to address the issues for improvement identified in the
recent inspection. School leaders have prioritised improving the quality of teaching
and taken effective and appropriate action to increase the rate of students’ progress.
Information provided by the school shows that the number of good and outstanding
lessons has increased since the inspection in March. As a consequence, the progress
and attainment of the majority of students is improving in a range of subjects.
Students say that teachers are better at meeting their individual needs. However,
school leaders recognise that the most able students do not always have their
learning needs met.
The school assessment policy has been revised and as a result teachers are better at
letting students know precisely what they are going to learn and what they need to
do to improve their work. Students say that this is helping them make progress.
However, as a result of the work scrutiny and in discussions with students it is
apparent that the quality of marking and feedback is inconsistent across subjects
and individual teachers.
Provision for disabled students and those who have special educational needs is
improving. The SENCO has produced documents for teachers outlining the support
that should be provided for this group of students. However, this information is non-
specific and does not help teachers to plan, monitor and evaluate work that is

particularly focused on improving students’ knowledge and understanding in an

individual subject.
School leaders are tackling effectively the underperformance of students in Year 12.
This is being achieved through the introduction of ‘non-negotiables’ that reflect the
improving practice seen in teaching throughout the school. Information provided by

the school shows that students’ progress across a range of subjects, especially in

English, physics, product design, applied ICT and drama has improved.
School leaders have introduced a revised behaviour for learning policy. Students say

that this has improved students’ behaviour in and out of the classroom and this has

helped their learning in the majority of subjects. Information provided by the school
shows that the number of incidents of inappropriate and disruptive behaviour has
decreased. The number of praise awards has increased.
Actions in the new improvement plan are clear and appropriate. They address the
areas requiring improvement pinpointed by the most recent inspection. Lines of
accountability are clear as are the dates and timelines for implementing and

reviewing the actions. There are clear indicators against which students’ progress

and attainment can be measured.
Governors meet regularly to discuss the progress the school is making and continue

to have a clear view of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement.

Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

School leaders are working successfully with external consultants, including the
Castle Phoenix Teaching School Alliance, who provide advice and guidance for school
improvement, inclusion and the development of senior and subject leaders.
The local authority provides appropriate support for the school. They do this through
School Improvement Board meetings and school review days.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children’s

Services for Coventry, the Education Funding Agency and the Archdiocese of


Yours sincerely
Peter Humphries

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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