Whalley Range 11-18 High School
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Post 16
11 - 18
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths

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UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 12% of schools in England) Below Average (About 20% of schools in England) Average (About 37% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 14% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% of schools in England)
Wilbraham Road
Whalley Range
M16 8GW

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You and other senior leaders have a clear and accurate knowledge and understanding of the school’s strengths and the areas that need further development. The school has continued to improve since the last inspection because of its effective leadership. Since becoming headteacher in September 2014, you have provided effective and caring leadership. You have successfully ensured that staff at the school are ambitious for all pupils, and promote the school motto of ‘Aspire. Believe. Achieve’. You and other school leaders are relentless in developing a culture of high standards, inclusiveness and personal well-being. Consequently, pupils feel well supported and safe. The school community is highly motivated and positive. Members of staff say they enjoy working at the school. Parents are complimentary about the school’s work and pupils are very positive about their school life. As a result, the school is a popular choice for parents and their children when making decisions about their secondary and sixth form education. Teaching at the school is good and it has improved since the last inspection. School leaders recognise those areas where teaching still needs improvement. They have put appropriate measures in place to ensure this happens. Consequently, most pupils make strong progress. In 2016, the overall progress of the pupils leaving Year 11 was in the top 10% nationally. However, in some subjects, including mathematics and humanities, low and middle-ability disadvantaged pupils, and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, made less strong progress. Their outcomes are now improving, including in mathematics. This improvement would be even faster if low-ability pupils were provided with challenging work more consistently. School leaders promote an outward-looking culture at the school. Partnerships with other organisations, such as Deloitte and Alliance Manchester Business School have been developed. These enrich the learning and opportunities for pupils. The school website has been created to share the vision, learning and experience of the school with a global community, including for pupils with families who live outside of the United Kingdom. Pupils feel safe at school. All the pupils spoken to during the inspection and the overwhelming majority of the 173 pupils who completed the inspection questionnaire said the school is a safe environment. Pupils say bullying is rare and any cases are resolved quickly and effectively. Attendance in 2016 was higher than the national average, and it has remained good this year. The lower attendance of a group of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and the persistent absence of some disadvantaged pupils has been accurately identified by school leaders as an area to improve further. School leaders promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural curriculum actively. Consequently, pupils develop and flourish through the many and varied activities they participate in. Diversity is celebrated, as demonstrated by the visit of the Lord Mayor of Manchester to the school LGBTQ group at the time of the inspection. There are over four hundred pupil leaders, including a group of pupils who are trained anti-bullying ambassadors. Every pupil in Year 10 participates in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The level of participation in the recent ‘Make Your Mark’ youth parliament was exceptionally high. Teaching and outcomes in the sixth form have improved since the last inspection, including for disadvantaged students. Consequently, the outcomes of students are good and are improving. Disadvantaged students are making good progress in many subjects, including in academic A level studies. However, in a small number of subjects, teaching is not as strong. As a result, students, including those who are disadvantaged, are not taught and supported as effectively. The school is led very well, including in the sixth form. School leaders have identified accurately the areas that need further development. Consequently, the school has the capacity to sustain its improvement further.

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2020, ONS
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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.

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  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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