St Killian’s Standard Inspection Report November 2012

 

 In the college’s recent inspection the overall findings were that the educational and pastoral provision are very good with aspects that were outstanding such as Pastoral Care, Leadership and Management. The ETI noted that the students of St Killian’s have a belief in their ability to succeed, are confident, work well with each other and have excellent independent learning skills. This is a fantastic recognition of the work of the college in only its third year and is a great credit to the students, their parents and our staff.

In November 2012 St Killian’s College was inspected by the Education and Training Inspectorate in English, Mathematics and Science. In the areas inspected, the quality of education provided by the college is very good with aspects that are outstanding.

A summary of the Report findings:

About the Pupils:

  • The pupils have a belief in their ability to succeed, are confident, work well with each other and have excellent independent learning skills.
  • By sixth form, the pupils can engage articulately in mature, challenging and informed debate.
  • The pupils are friendly, well behaved and demonstrate a high regard for their college and their teachers.

 

About Examination Results:

  • The standards that the pupils attain at in GCSE level are outstanding.
  • At GCSE the college is performing significantly above the average.
  • As a result of well focused support, most of the pupils who require additional help with aspects of their learning make good progress and are successful in public examinations by the end of Key Stage  4.
  • Overall, the standards attained by the pupils at Advanced (A) level are very good.
  • The majority of A Level subjects are above the NI Average.
  • The college has developed and implemented a wide range of strategies to raise achievement including target setting, tracking and addressing underachievement.
  • The highly effective mentoring programme has helped to bring about improved levels of attainment across the college and, in particular, for identified pupils at KS4.

 

Educational Provision is very good:

  • The provision in Mathematics is outstanding, in English it is very good and in Science it is good.
  • The teachers hold appropriately high expectations of what the pupils can achieve, are very hard working and prepare thoroughly for lessons. Most of the lessons evaluated are very good or good.
  • The teachers use skilful questioning to encourage extended responses from the pupils and assess the extent of their learning.

 

About Pastoral Care:

  • The quality of Pastoral Care is outstanding.
  • A significant strength, across the college, is the very strong link between pastoral care and the curriculum provision which helps the teachers, learning support assistants , parents and pupils to work together to overcome potential barriers to learning.
  • The college supports well those pupils who are at risk of marginalisation. There are effective strategies to include and retain them in the school.

 

About Special Educational Needs

  • The overall quality of the provision for pupils with Special Needs is very good.
  • There is a well planned system of whole school support for pupils with special educational needs.
  • There is a clear commitment by the whole school to provide for the needs of pupils who have special educational needs and ensure their inclusion in all aspects of school life.

 

About Careers Provision (CEIAG)

  • The overall quality of the provision for pupils with Special Needs is very good.
  • The college gives a high priority to developing CEIAG; the leadership of careers is outstanding.
  • The CEIAG provides the pupils with access to high quality information, guidance and support which is tailored to their individual needs, interests and aspirations, with tangible benefits for all the pupils.

 

About Curriculum – Curriculum provision is very good:

  • The Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad and balanced and meets effectively the needs and interests of the pupils.
  • Key Stage 4 curriculum complies fully with the Entitlement Framework.
  • Post 16 has a very good range of subjects complemented with a comprehensive enrichment programme.
  • The college has actively promoted STEM subjects which meets the needs of the pupils, the wider community and the economy.

 

About the Leadership and Management:

  • The Principal, who has been in post since the college opened in 2010, provides outstanding leadership and has a clear strategic pupil centred vision for the work of the college.
  • The senior leadership team (SLT) also provides outstanding leadership; there is a strong sense of collegiality and an effective, distributed leadership arrangement. A key strength is the high priority given to the welfare of the pupils and to raising achievement.
  • The middle leaders are enthusiastic about their role and demonstrated a commitment to the school improvement agenda. Importantly, the college is building further the capacity of leaders at all levels.

 

About English:

The strengths of the provision include:

  • The very good working relationships in all classes observed.
  • The very good standards attained by the pupils in public examinations.
  • The quality of the teaching observed, all of which was good or very good.

 

About Mathematics:

The overall quality of the provision for mathematics is outstanding:

  • The pupils’ enjoyment of the subject, high uptake of A level mathematics and the outstanding levels of attainment in public examinations.
  • The very high expectations of the teachers who instil in the pupils a belief that, with hard work, they can experience success in mathematics.
  • The extremely hard working teachers, who, through careful pupil centred planning, have created a happy and challenging learning environment.

 

About Science:

The quality of provision for science is good:

  • The very good relationships between pupils and the teachers in the lessons observed.
  • The good standards attained by the pupils in public examinations.
  • The quality of the teaching which was good or very good in most lessons observed.

 

Conclusion:

The quality of education provided by the college is very good with aspects of work that are outstanding.

The college is meeting very effectively the educational and pastoral needs of the pupils; and has demonstrated its capacity for sustained self-improvement. Together with the college’s effective promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the curriculum is meeting very effectively the needs of the pupils, the community and the economy.