Chase High School
phone: 01702 354441
head teacher: Mrs Victoria Overy
980 pupils capacity: 115% full
595 boys 53%
535 girls 47%
Last updated: June 20, 2014
Secondary — Foundation School
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Foundation School
- Establishment #
- Open date
- Sept. 1, 2006
- Reason open
- Fresh Start
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 586545, Northing: 187177
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 51.553, Longitude: 0.68932
- Accepting pupils
- 11—18 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- Nov. 6, 2013
- Region › Const. › Ward
- East of England › Southend West › Prittlewell
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Admissions policy
- Sixth form
- Has a sixth form
- Free school meals %
- Trust school
- Is supported by a Trust
- Chase High Trust
- Fresh start
- Fresh Start
- Learning provider ref #
- The Prittlewell Technology College SS00RT
- Lancaster School SS00RT (75 pupils)
- 0.3 miles Earls Hall Junior School SS00QN (356 pupils)
- 0.3 miles Earls Hall Infant School SS00QN (270 pupils)
- 0.3 miles Southend High School for Boys SS00RG
- 0.3 miles Southend High School for Boys SS00RG (1059 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Prince Avenue Primary Foundation School and Nursery SS00LG (397 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Seabrook College SS26PE (36 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Prince Avenue Academy and Nursery SS00LG
- 0.6 miles The Westborough Primary School and Nursery SS09BS
- 0.6 miles St Hilda's School SS08NE (101 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Westminster Preparatory School SS09SJ
- 0.6 miles The Westborough Academy SS09BS (605 pupils)
- 0.8 miles St Thomas More High School for Boys SS00BW
- 0.8 miles St Thomas More High School SS00BW (1027 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Chalkwell Hall Junior School SS93NL (419 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Chalkwell Hall Infant School SS93NL (316 pupils)
- 0.9 miles St Mary's, Prittlewell, CofE Primary School SS26JH (445 pupils)
- 0.9 miles St Helen's Catholic Primary School SS07AY (209 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School SS93HS (423 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Milton Hall Primary School and Nursery SS07AU (596 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Westcliff High School for Boys SS00BP
- 0.9 miles Westcliff High School for Girls SS00BS
- 0.9 miles Crowstone School SS08LH (59 pupils)
3 October 2014
Mrs Victoria Overy
Chase High School
Dear Mrs Overy
Serious weaknesses monitoring inspection of Chase High School
Following my visit to your school on 2 October 2014, I write on behalf of Her
Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to confirm the
inspection findings. Thank you for the help you gave during the inspection and for
the time you made available to discuss the actions which have been taken since the
school’s previous monitoring inspection.
The inspection was the second monitoring inspection since the school was judged to
have serious weaknesses following the section 5 inspection which took place in
November 2013. The monitoring inspection report is attached.
Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time:
The school is making reasonable progress towards the removal of the serious
The local authority’s statement of action is not fit for purpose.
This letter and monitoring inspection report will be published on the Ofsted website.
I am copying this letter to the Secretary of State, the Chair of the Governing Body
and the Director of Children’s Services for Southend-on-Sea.
Her Majesty’s Inspector
|Serco Inspections |
20 Colmore Circus Queensway
|T 0300 123 1231 |
Text Phone: 0161 618 8524
|Direct T: 0121 679 9158 |
Cc. Chair of the Governing Body
Cc. Local authority
Cc. The Education Funding Agency (EFA)
The areas for improvement identified during the inspection which took
place in November 2013
Improve the quality of teaching so that a high proportion is at least good and
none is inadequate, particularly in English and mathematics, by ensuring that:
– teachers have raised expectations of what students are capable of achieving
so that lessons are always challenging enough
– teachers make thorough use of assessment information to plan lesson
activities which are well matched to the needs and abilities of all students
– learning activities are chosen and explained carefully so all students
understand what they are learning about, can tackle the work and remain
engaged and interested for the full duration of lessons
– teachers make good use of questioning to assess students’ understanding
before moving on to new work and activities in lessons.
Raise students’ achievement by:
– making sure that marking gives clear guidance on how students should
improve their work and that students respond fully to teachers’ comments in
books making fuller use of classroom assistants to support students of lower
ability who need help with their work.
Improve the attendance of students, especially those who join the school at non-
standard times in their education, by working more closely with families and the
Improve leadership and governance by ensuring that:
– the overall evaluation of teaching takes into account the longer-term
achievement of students at the school
– information about students’ progress and attainment is used quickly and
effectively to help all leaders and teachers support those students who are
starting to fall behind
– the skills and responsibilities of subject leaders are further developed so that
the quality of teaching and assessment is more consistently good across all
– recent changes to the curriculum are strengthened so that all students are
entered for the qualifications they are capable of achieving.
Report on the second monitoring inspection on 2 October 2014
The inspector met with the headteacher, groups of students, the Chair of the
Governing Body, a representative from the local authority, and senior and middle
leaders. Short visits were made to 27 lessons representing a wide cross-section of
subjects and classes from Year 7 to Year 13. This gave a good overview of the
changes in the quality of teaching that have taken place since the previous
There have been several changes to the teaching staff since the previous monitoring
inspection. There have been no other significant changes.
Chase High School is a Foundation Trust School in partnership with the King John
School, Southend Local Authority and Middlesex University. This trust was founded
in January 2010. Governors are in the process of dissolving this foundation in order
to become an academy.
The quality of leadership and management at the school
The previous inspection found many strengths in the governance and leadership of
the school. Leaders and governors were already bringing about improvement and
this process has accelerated. Nevertheless, because processes for assessing
students’ attainment and the performance management of teachers are quite new,
the Year 11 public examination results in 2014 came as a depressing blow for
leaders. Governors are working with leaders to strengthen the performance
management of teachers further. More rigorous action has been taken to address
the performance of teachers based on their students’ achievement.
Some recent middle leader appointments have brought in teachers with experience
of teaching more-able students, and securing high results at GCE A level. This has
strengthened the school’s understanding of advanced level teaching and appropriate
expectations for the most able students.
The training programmes for improving the quality of teaching are proving
successful. Specific training for overseas trained teachers has had a highly positive
impact since the last monitoring visit. The school now has good systems to support
and develop newly and recently qualified teachers.
Strengths in the school’s approaches to securing improvement:
Effective training for teachers has led to strong improvement in the quality of
Much better use of assessment information has raised teachers’ expectations of
what students can achieve. The school’s improved monitoring information
indicates that the progress of the school’s current students is better than it has
been in the past.
Lessons engage students so that they achieve better and attend more regularly.
A more effective range of rewards and sanctions, based on successful practice in
other schools, has led to improved attendance.
Students are now involved in the marking process. The investment in time in this
process varies between teachers, but overall the quality and effectiveness of
marking and feedback are much improved.
The curriculum, including that in the sixth form, has been adapted to provide
students with a range of qualifications that is better matched to their needs and
aspirations. For example, while the existing strength in work-related courses is
being maintained, around half of the current Year 12 are following courses
leading to GCE A level.
Weaknesses in the school’s approaches to securing improvement:
The recent improvements to provision outlined above came too late to have a
positive impact on Year 11 results in 2014. These results were poor and showed
too little progress for the majority of students over their five years in the school.
Students supported through the pupil premium did particularly badly.
Following the judgement at the first monitoring inspection that the local authority’s
statement of action was not fit for purpose, it was asked to revise the statement and
send it to the monitoring HMI. The statement has not been amended. Since the last
monitoring inspection, the local authority has maintained contact with the school
with regular visits from its representative. This has included support for the science
department and a review of the English department. The school has received useful
support from schools in another local authority area, arranged either by the school
itself or suggested by the HMI.
Priorities for further improvement
Ensure a rapid and smooth transition to any changes in the school’s status so
that leaders and governors are not distracted from raising achievement urgently.
The school must ensure that appropriate checks on staff are carried out with a
greater sense of urgency.