Darland High School
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Chester Road
LL12 0DL
11 - 16
Secondary (ages 11-16)
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Darland High School is an English-medium 11 to 16 mixed community comprehensive school in Wrexham. There are 848 pupils on roll, which is higher than the 717 pupils at the time of the last inspection. The school serves the village of Rossett and the surrounding rural areas. A majority of pupils come from the northern suburbs of Wrexham. Around 9% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is lower than the national average of 16.4%. Nearly all pupils speak English as their first language. Most pupils come from a white British heritage. Very few pupils are fluent Welsh speakers. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is slightly lower than the national average of 22.9%. Around 3% of pupils have a statement of special educational need, which is higher than the national average. The school has two specialist resource bases serving the local authority for seven pupils with dyslexia and 35 pupils with autism and communication difficulties. The headteacher was appointed in 2009. The senior leadership team consists of one deputy headteacher, two assistant headteachers, and the business manager. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/Schools/SchoolSearch?lang=en 1 A report on Darland High School January 2019 Summary Senior leaders at Darland High School have been successful in establishing an ethos of care and respect and there is a shared sense of purpose across the school. Many pupils enjoy school, staff collaborate well towards common goals, and there are positive working relationships between staff and pupils. The school provides an inclusive environment. Pupils with additional learning needs are supported particularly well. Nearly all pupils with statements of special educational need are integrated well into mainstream classes and play a full part in the life of the school. Where teaching is effective, pupils make strong progress. However, pupils’ achievement and progress are too variable across key performance indicators and subjects. Leaders have had a positive impact in a few areas of the school’s work, such as improving standards in mathematics, the provision for pupils with additional learning needs, and managing the school’s budget efficiently. However, leaders have not had sufficient impact on developing teaching, raising standards overall, and improving pupils’ attendance. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Adequate and needs improvement Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Care, support and guidance Good Leadership and management Adequate and needs improvement 2 A report on Darland High School January 2019 Recommendations R1 Raise standards, particularly at key stage 4, including those of the more able R2 Improve attendance R3 Strengthen the quality of teaching to improve the progress that pupils make in lessons R4 Improve the quality and impact of self-evaluation and improvement planning What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will review the school’s progress.

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

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This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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