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Pensby High School for Boys: A Specialist Sports College

Pensby High School for Boys: A Specialist Sports College
Irby Road

phone: 0151 3420570

principal: Mr Kevin Flanagan


school holidays: via Wirral council

424 pupils aged 11—18y boys gender
870 pupils capacity: 49% full

425 boys 100%


Last updated: Oct. 2, 2014

Secondary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 325950, Northing: 383512
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.343, Longitude: -3.1137
Accepting pupils
11—18 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Oct. 1, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
North West › Wirral West › Pensby and Thingwall
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Admissions policy
Main specialism
Sports (Operational)
Sixth form
Has a sixth form
Free school meals %
Learning provider ref #

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Schools nearby

  1. Pensby High School for Girls CH616XN (563 pupils)
  2. 0.1 miles Pensby Park Primary School CH618SD
  3. 0.4 miles Ladymount Catholic Primary School CH615YD (277 pupils)
  4. 0.6 miles Pensby Junior School CH615UE
  5. 0.6 miles Pensby Infant School CH615XW
  6. 0.6 miles Portal C.O. the Hub
  7. 0.6 miles Pensby Primary School CH615UE (256 pupils)
  8. 0.7 miles Heswall Preparatory School CH606RB
  9. 0.7 miles Stanley School CH615UE (98 pupils)
  10. 1 mile Irby Primary School CH614UR (215 pupils)
  11. 1.1 mile Thurstaston Dawpool CofE Primary School CH610HH (217 pupils)
  12. 1.2 mile Heswall Primary School CH607SD (207 pupils)
  13. 1.2 mile Thingwall Primary School CH617UG (208 pupils)
  14. 1.3 mile Heswall St Peter's CofE Primary School CH604SA (310 pupils)
  15. 1.8 mile Gayton Primary School CH608PZ (212 pupils)
  16. 1.8 mile Arrowe Hall School CH495LW
  17. 1.9 mile Greasby Junior School CH493AR (250 pupils)
  18. 1.9 mile Our Lady of Pity Catholic Primary School CH491RE
  19. 1.9 mile Our Lady of Pity Catholic Primary School CH491RE (418 pupils)
  20. 2.1 miles Greasby Infant School CH493NX (179 pupils)
  21. 2.1 miles Barnston Primary School CH601XW (269 pupils)
  22. 2.3 miles Woodchurch CofE Primary School CH497LS (208 pupils)
  23. 2.3 miles Meadowside School CH495LA (71 pupils)
  24. 2.4 miles Brookdale Primary School CH491SE (228 pupils)

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4 December 2014
Mr Kevin Flanagan
Pensby High School for Boys: A Specialist Sports College
Irby Road
CH61 6XN
Dear Mr Flanagan

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Pensby High School for
Boys: A Specialist Sports College, Wirral

Following my visit to your school on 3 December 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty's
Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills to report on the 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 October 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:

strengthen the student voice and ensure students receive feedback on actions taken

as a result of voicing their opinions

broaden opportunities for teachers to learn from observing good and outstanding

practice within their own school and beyond

continue to develop the role of middle leaders so they are fully accountable for the

monitoring, evaluation and improvements in teaching and learning in their

further develop teachers’ understanding of inclusion in relation to meeting the specific

needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable students and those with disabilities or special
educational needs.


During the visit, meetings were held with you, a group of students, the Chair of the
Governing Body, and two representatives of the local authority to discuss the action taken
since the last inspection. The school improvement plan was evaluated.


Since the last inspection the local authority has agreed a consultation process regarding the
proposed merger with Pensby High School for Girls.

Main findings

The results of the summer GCSE examinations fell below expectations, which was a

disappointment for the school. Nevertheless morale is high and recent improvements to

teaching and learning are evident.
The school development plan has been written to meet the needs of both schools in the
federation and with the full merger in mind. It includes clear strengths and areas for
development which match, and go beyond, those identified in the last inspection report.
Proposed actions accord with the identified areas for improvement and the plan makes clear
timelines, key personnel, resource implications, success criteria and how actions will be
monitored by third parties.
The Governing Body, local authority and students are all of the view that the new
headteacher has brought rigour and urgency to the task of improving the school and the
outcomes for students. An extensive programme of professional development that is
focussed on improving teaching and learning is fully underway and bespoke to meet

teachers’ needs. A significant impact of this training has been an improvement in the

marking of books and the quality of feedback to students.
The students spoken to, including those in the sixth form, were of the opinion that much had
changed for the better since September. They said that their teachers had higher
expectations of them and that they now had a much clearer understanding of the progress
they were making and what they needed to do to improve.
Those in Year 11 found the new period six very helpful as it gave them an opportunity to
catch up if they had fallen behind and to get extra support if they needed it. All said that
they were now expected to work harder and were given more homework although this was
not evenly distributed, leading to them being overburdened in some weeks and with little to
do in others. The words that the students used most often to describe the school were

‘improving’, ‘developing’ and ‘growing’, and they said that for the most part, their lessons

were not disrupted by the poor behaviour of others. Although they agreed that the student
voice had improved a little it was not strong and none had received feedback on their

As a result of the review of governance, the Governing Body are now in a better position to
hold the school to account and support leaders in reviewing the success of its action
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

The local authority has brokered effective support from three local schools, two of which are
teaching schools. This includes support from subject leaders of education for mathematics
and science, a training programme for newly qualified and recently qualified teachers,
support for the business manager, and a review of governance from a national leader of
governance. Plans are in place to use local schools more in the future to enable middle
leaders and teachers to observe good practice in their subjects.
I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children's
Services for Wirral and the Education Funding Agency.
Yours sincerely
Janet Palmer

Her Majesty's Inspector

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