Holly Lodge High School College of Science

Post 16

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Holly Lane
B67 7JG
11 - 18
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Holly Lodge is larger than the average-sized secondary school. Most students are from minority ethnic backgrounds. While many minority ethnic heritages are represented, the largest groups of students are from the Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. Over two-thirds speak English as an additional language. A very high proportion of the students is eligible for support from the pupil premium (additional funding provided by the government for students known to be eligible for free school meals, children of service personnel and children looked after in public care). The school has a very high number of in-year admissions across all year groups, such that 137 students have joined the school after the start of the current academic year. In Year 11, only three-quarters of the students joined the school at the start of Year 7. At around a fifth, the proportion of disabled students or those with special education needs supported through school action is well above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The school meets current government floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. In both Year 10 and Year 11, 24 students attend off-site Level 1 work-related courses, for example in child care or construction trade skills, for up to a day a week at local training providers. A small number of students at risk of exclusion in Years 9, 10 and 11 have temporary off-site placements to re-engage them in education. The school became a specialist science college in September 2004 and opened its own sixth form in September 2011. Its site was extensively redeveloped with new buildings that opened in September 2011. It became a Foundation Trust School within the Smethwick Health and Wellbeing Trust in February 2009. The school has received many awards in recognition of its work, including the anti-bullying charter mark, the ICT (information and communication technology) quality mark, and the national charter mark for careers education and information, advice and guidance What does the school need to do to improve further? Strengthen the quality of teaching by ensuring that teachers consistently: challenge more-able students to make more rapid progress by setting them tasks wellmatched to their capabilities use marking to secure higher standards of students’ work by explaining to students how to improve and making sure that they act upon this advice. Improve students’ achievement in mathematics by: increasing the amount of consistently good or better teaching in mathematics lessons accelerating the progress of key groups of students, especially those in the higher ability groups developing the whole-school numeracy strategy to enable students to develop and apply their mathematical skills across all subjects. Develop the effectiveness of the sixth form by: raising students’ attainment and ensuring that good progress is made in all their courses increasing the opportunities for sixth formers to develop their wider personal and leadership skills through greater engagement in the activities and life of the school.

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