Olchfa School

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Gower Road
Sketty
Swansea
SA2 7AB
Pupils
1766
Ages
11 - 18
Gender
Mixed
Type
Secondary (ages 11-19)
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
Estyn grade
(01/02/2018)
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84.5%
NATIONAL AVG. 56.6%
% Pupils achieving 5+ GSCEs A*-C inc. English/Welsh and Maths
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Olchfa School is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive school situated in the west of Swansea. There are 1,700 pupils on roll, including 357 in the sixth form, which is slightly less than at the time of the previous inspection in 2011. The school has a specialist teaching facility on site catering for hearing impaired pupils. Just over 6% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is well below the national average of 17% for secondary schools. Under 10% of pupils live in the 20% most deprived areas in Wales. Around 12% of pupils have a special educational need and 1.7% have a statement of special educational needs. Both of these figures are below the Welsh averages of 21.5% and 2% respectively. Nearly a quarter of pupils come from an ethnic minority background and just over 20% speak English as an additional language. Only a very few pupils are fluent in Welsh. The headteacher has been in post since 2001. The senior leadership team consists of a deputy headteacher, five assistant headteachers and a business manager. The school is currently a pioneer school and is working with the Welsh Government and other schools to take forward developments relating to the curriculum. 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 Olchfa School February 2018 Summary Inspirational leadership, innovative approaches to curriculum design and improving the quality of teaching, and a consistent focus on developing pupils as confident and ambitious learners have been successful in securing consistently strong outcomes and high levels of wellbeing for pupils at Olchfa School. Most pupils demonstrate extremely positive attitudes to their learning and behave courteously, respectfully and maturely. They are enthusiastic, ambitious and resilient learners. There are high levels of pupil participation in all aspects of school life. Leadership arrangements are characterised by strong levels of rigour and robustness at all levels. The school has a strong focus on reflection and research and puts professional learning at the heart of its work. As a result, staff and governors have a secure understanding of the school’s strengths and improvement priorities and the school has a strong track record in bringing about improvement. Inspection area Judgement Standards Excellent Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Excellent Teaching and learning experiences Excellent Care, support and guidance Excellent Leadership and management Excellent 2 A report on Olchfa School February 2018 Recommendations R1 Ensure that all teachers use consistently effective questioning techniques to challenge pupils’ thinking and deepen their understanding What happens next The school will draw up an action plan to address the recommendations from the inspection. Estyn will invite the school to prepare a case study on its work in relation to the planning, evaluation and ongoing improvement of its ‘iLearn’ curriculum, for dissemination on Estyn’s website.

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