Lode Heath School Closed - academy converter July 31, 2011
Headteacher: Mr John Burton
School holidays for Lode Heath School via Solihull council
Secondary — Community School
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Community School
- Establishment #
- Close date
- July 31, 2011
- Reason closed
- Academy Converter
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 415119, Northing: 280893
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 52.426, Longitude: -1.7791
- Accepting pupils
- 11—16 years old
- Ofsted last inspection
- March 3, 2009
- Region › Const. › Ward
- West Midlands › Solihull › Silhill
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Admissions policy
- Main specialism
- Sports (Operational)
- Science second specialism
- Investor in People
- Committed IiP Status
- Learning provider ref #
- Lode Heath School B912HW (1049 pupils)
- 0.1 miles Triple Crown Centre B912HW (10 pupils)
- 0.2 miles Greswold Primary School B912AZ (473 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School B929LX (239 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Eversfield Preparatory School B911AT (312 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Ruckleigh School B912AB (237 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Yew Tree Primary School B912SD (202 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Bright Stars School B929NR
- 0.8 miles Coppice Junior School B929JY (274 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Ulverley School B928RZ (458 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Solihull School B913DJ (1005 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Malvern Hall School B913EW
- 1 mile Oak Cottage Primary School B911DY (241 pupils)
- 1 mile St Alphege Church of England Infant and Nursery School B913DW (282 pupils)
- 1.3 mile Blossomfield Centre B911SB
- 1.3 mile Sharmans Cross Junior School B911PH (354 pupils)
- 1.3 mile St Andrew's Catholic Primary School B928QL (234 pupils)
- 1.3 mile Saint Martin's School B913EN (370 pupils)
- 1.3 mile Solihull College B911SB
- 1.3 mile Summerfield Education Centre B928QE (20 pupils)
- 1.4 mile St Alphege Church of England Junior School B913JG (281 pupils)
- 1.4 mile Our Lady of Compassion Catholic Primary School B927EG (339 pupils)
- 1.4 mile Langley School, Specialist College for the Performing Arts, Languages and Training B927ER
- 1.4 mile Swanswell School B927ER
Ofsted report transcript
Lode Heath School and Sports
104113Unique Reference Number
3 March 2009Inspection date
Victoria GodleyReporting inspector
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
ComprehensiveType of school
11–16Age range of pupils
MixedGender of pupils
Number on roll
The governing bodyAppropriate authority
1 February 2006Date of previous school inspection
Lode LaneSchool address
0121 704 1421Telephone number
0121 711 2663Fax number
3 March 2009Inspection date
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This document may be reproduced in whole or in part for non-commercial educational purposes, provided that
the information quoted is reproduced without adaptation and the source and date of publication are stated.
Further copies of this report are obtainable from the school. Under the Education Act 2005, the school must
provide a copy of this report free of charge to certain categories of people. A charge not exceeding the full cost
of reproduction may be made for any other copies supplied.
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The inspection was carried out by two Additional Inspectors, who evaluated the overall
effectiveness of the school and investigated the following:
whether the quality of teaching is good or outstanding
how well the curriculum meets students' individual needs
the contribution made by middle leaders to whole-school development.
Evidence was gathered through lesson observations, work scrutiny, discussions with students,
senior leaders and managers, and the chair of governors and analysis of current performance
data. Other aspects of the school's work were not investigated in detail, but inspectors found
no evidence to suggest that the school's own assessments, as given in its self-evaluation, were
not justified, and these have been included where appropriate in this report.
Description of the school
Lode Heath School is a popular school that is heavily oversubscribed. Most students are of
White British backgrounds. The percentage of students who have learning difficulties and/or
disabilities, including those who have a statement of special educational needs, is broadly
average. The proportion of students eligible for free school meals is below the national average.
The school was successfully redesignated as a sports specialist school in October 2007 and was
awarded high performing specialist school status in December 2007. A second specialism, in
science, has been awarded to commence from April 2008.
Key for inspection grades
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Overall effectiveness of the school
Lode Heath School is an outstanding school. Students make excellent progress and achieve
high standards. Students of all abilities achieve success because of their outstanding personal
development and the high quality care, guidance and support they receive. The capacity of the
school to maintain a high quality education and to continually take action to improve is
Students' attainment when they join the school is broadly average, and they make outstanding
overall progress from this starting point. This is the case for all students. In Key Stage 3, progress
has improved considerably since 2007 and is now good, but it greatly accelerates in Key Stage
4. The proportion of students gaining five or more good GCSEs including English and
mathematics is exceptionally high, and every student achieved at least one pass last year.
Standards have continued to rise at a sharp rate for the past four years and this demonstrates
outstanding achievement. Students achieve especially well in religious education, English
literature, leisure and tourism, German, mathematics and Business and Technology Education
Council (BTEC) sport.
Students' personal development, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development,
is outstanding. This was confirmed by parents' very positive responses to the inspection
questionnaire. Behaviour is exemplary and students clearly enjoy their education. They appreciate
the high quality of lessons, and the excellent and stimulating range of sporting, cultural and
other activities that take place in class and after school. Safety has an appropriately high priority.
For example, a bully box, trained counsellors and proactive prefects support students' opinion
that the school responds well to any incidents. Lode Heath School encourages students to
respect both themselves and others from the time of their induction to the school.
Students understand very well how to lead healthy lives. Exceptionally high numbers of students
take part in sports activities, choose healthy food and explore their feelings through good
personal, social and health education lessons. Immersion days have helped students become
more aware of living in a multicultural society. For example, Year 7 took part in a host of
activities to understand the faiths, religions and cultural needs of their local and national
communities and a range of students regularly lead assemblies. The school council takes its
responsibilities seriously. It has initiated the development of a memorial garden and continuously
raises funds to support local and national charities. Students relish the opportunity to take
responsibility. They took part in the elections for a national Youth Parliament and have their
own representative on the Solihull Youth Parliament. Most students are involved with the wider
community through opportunities to work in local primary schools. Work experience, enterprise
activities such as the creativity festival, and high academic standards prepare students very
well for their future economic well-being.
The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding overall, and exceptionally well-developed
attitudes to learning permeate the whole school. This results in outstanding progress by all
groups of learners, particulary in Key Stage 4. Lessons are planned carefully. Learning tasks
are imaginative, engaging and practical in most lessons, but this is not yet the case across the
full range of subjects. Work is marked regularly and feedback on coursework is thorough.
However, comments on work, particularly in Key Stage 3, are not always sufficiently explicit in
helping students to understand their next steps in learning. The school demonstrates an
outstanding culture of professional development for its staff, whose willingness to share good
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practice exemplifies the high quality collaboration that takes place between them. The school
curriculum is outstanding and meets the needs of all students very well. It offers a broad and
balanced experience. In Years 7 to 9, students benefit from a curriculum that fully develops
their basic skills and prepares them very well for future option choices. There are excellent
opportunities for students to catch up on areas in which they are weaker, and for gifted and
talented students to take on additional challenges. The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 now
offers a wider range of courses to students, including more science options and a good variety
of vocational courses. This enables students to choose options more appropriate to their
The school's specialist sports status has been well developed and its impact on the curriculum
has been outstanding. The specialism has been used not only to improve accommodation and
resources but also to develop more active learning styles. This is adding to students' enjoyment
Staff are fully committed to the care of students. Emphasis is placed on outstanding
relationships. Guidance systems for early identification of learning difficulties help the smooth
transition of students from their primary schools. The progress and needs of vulnerable students
are systematically tracked so that tailored support can be provided. Learning support assistants
work closely with students who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities and those who
speak English as an additional language to achieve high standards. An effective audit of more
able students has helped teachers to target these students when planning lessons.
Personal target setting is in place through academic review meetings and an outstanding
mentoring system is used to support students. Students highlighted the effectiveness of this
system, although some subject-specific targets are not yet sufficiently refined.
The leadership and management of the school are outstanding. The headteacher provides a
coherent vision for learning which is understood and shared by staff. The leadership team is
careful in taking calculated risks, and the implementation of new developments is extremely
well planned. Together with middle managers, the team takes forward all major areas of
development and has raised standards and achievement very successfully beyond targets set.
Inclusion is a strength of the school. There is a commitment to giving all students equal access
to courses, based on their individual needs. This is supported by many parental comments, such
as: 'The focus has always been highest on hard work and application as opposed to the actual
ability of the children… it is a refreshing and supportive approach.'
Governors provide highly effective support and challenge. They have very good systems in
place to hold the school to account and to engage with the school's vision and aspirations for
the future. The school works very closely with the local community, and promotes community
cohesion particularly well through its partnerships with local industries in the region, although
the international dimension is not yet so well developed. The Fusion project (run in partnership
with the police) together with an enriched activity programme has made a positive contribution
towards a 10% reduction in local crime in the evenings. The school provides excellent value for
What the school should do to improve further
Ensure that teachers use a broad range of teaching approaches to consistently challenge,
motivate and engage all students.
Make better use of marking and feedback to show students more clearly what they need to
do to further improve their work.
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Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out
in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspection', which is available from Ofsted’s website:
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Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and
grade 4 inadequate
How effective,efficient and inclusive is the provision of
education,integrated care and any extended services in meeting the
needs of learners?
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners'
1The capacity to make any necessary improvements
Achievement and standards
1How well do learners achieve?
reached by learners
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations
between groups of learners
1How well learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities make progress
Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none
significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally
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Personal development and well-being
How good are the overall personal development and well-being of the
1The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
1The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
1The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
1The extent to which learners enjoy their education
2The attendance of learners
1The behaviour of learners
1The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to
their future economic well-being
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and
interests of learners?
1How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement
and supporting all learners?
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading
to improvement and promote high quality of care and education
1How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards
1The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation
1How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination eliminated
2How well does the school contribute to community cohesion?
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to
achieve value for money
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government
NoDoes this school require special measures?
NoDoes this school require a notice to improve?
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Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection
4 March 2009
Inspection of Lode Heath School, Solihull, B91 2HW
Thank you for your warm welcome when we inspected your school recently. You demonstrated
excellent behaviour and you have clearly formed very happy working relationships with one
another and your teachers. We were impressed by the way in which you were able to explain
why you enjoy school so much. You make excellent progress in school and this is reflected by
the very high standards shown in your examination results. We judged your school to be
The combination of outstanding teaching and your excellent attitudes in lessons results in you
achieving very well. We have asked the school to make sure that teaching continues to improve
by using a wider range of approaches in the classroom to challenge, motivate and engage all
of you. Your books are marked regularly, but we have also asked teachers to make comments
more explicit so you all know how to further improve your work. I am sure you will continue to
play your part by working closely with your teachers to improve your work and achieve as well
as you can.
We found that you receive a very high level of care and support which helps you feel confident
that staff will help you in any situation. The curriculum on offer to you is excellent. The different
options you can choose from ensure that you can find something that will interest you and
best fit the way you learn. The broad range of extra-curricular activities is highly regarded and
this is shown by the number of people who take part on a daily basis.
The school's leadership and management are outstanding. All staff are very committed to
ensuring that you get the very best from the school.
We wish you continued success in the future.
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