Parrenthorn High School
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Heywood Road
M25 2BW
11 - 16
Community school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Parrenthorn High School is an average-sized secondary school. The school has increased its planned admission number to cater for a demand for secondary school places in the local area. A new headteacher and two new deputy headteachers were appointed in September 2016. The school has a high number of children looked after on roll. The number of disadvantaged pupils on roll is similar to the national average for secondary schools. The number of pupils with an education, health and care plan is much higher than the national average. A few pupils are educated at alternative providers. The school makes use of: EdStart, Craig Ormerod Associates, Next Level Learning, Achieve Training, Changing Education Work Experience, Elms Bank School and Spring Lane. Inspection report: Parrenthorn High School, 24 to 25 April 2019 Page 10 of 13 Information about this inspection This inspection was carried out due to the following concerns: pupils’ outcomes across a range of subjects; the progress of disadvantaged pupils, boys and the most able pupils; and the proportion of pupils temporarily or permanently excluded from the school. Several complaints were also made to Ofsted which raised serious concerns. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector decided that an inspection of the school should take place to follow up the whole-school issues that were raised. Inspectors followed up concerns about pupils’ behaviour and welfare, safeguarding arrangements, outcomes for pupils and the leadership and management of the school. This inspection was conducted with notice. However, following wider concerns about the quality of education that the school provides, the inspection was deemed a full section 5 inspection under section 9 of the Education Act. Inspectors formally observed teaching in a wide range of lessons across key stages 3 and 4. Some of these were done jointly with senior leaders. Shorter learning walks across a series of lessons were also undertaken with senior leaders. Inspectors undertook an in-depth analysis of pupils’ work across subjects and across key stages. Inspectors also focused on the work of disadvantaged pupils, boys and the most able pupils. Most work scrutinies were jointly conducted with leaders. In addition, inspectors looked at pupils’ work in lessons. Meetings were held with a wide range of people, including: senior leaders; members of the governing body; a representative from the local authority; subject leaders; the coordinator for special educational needs; other middle leaders; teachers; newly qualified and recently qualified teachers; and pastoral leaders. A range of documentation was scrutinised by the inspection team, including: safeguarding documentation; the school’s own self-evaluation; the school improvement plan; an external review of pupil premium funding; a recent review of mathematics; the current pupil premium strategy; documentation relating to pupils with SEND; information about the quality of teaching, learning and assessment; information about ongoing teacher training; minutes of the meetings of the governing body; information about how well current pupils are progressing in their learning; analyses of past pupils’ performance; and behaviour, attendance and exclusion records. Observations of pupils’ behaviour were undertaken at the start of the school day, during the school day, between lessons, during breaktimes and at lunchtimes. Inspectors met formally with a range of pupils from key stages 3 and 4, including most-able pupils and those with SEND. Inspectors spoke to pupils informally around the school and during lessons. The inspection team considered 98 responses to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View.

Parrenthorn High School Catchment Area Map

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

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.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  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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