20 March 2014, The Tablet

SCHOOL REPORT - Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College, Coventry

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The school: Cardinal Wiseman is a large co-educational secondary school in a deprived area of Coventry. It has 1,285 students, of whom 263 are sixth-formers. An above-average number of students are eligible for the pupil premium and have English as a second language. Could do better: Ofsted inspected the school last December and said it had a number of serious weaknesses. Overall the school was deemed inadequate; pupil achievement was rated inadequate, and teaching, behaviour and leadership all required improvement. Low-level disruption to lessons meant that pupils were not progressing and more able students were not challenged. However, the inspectors did praise the school’s pastoral care. They also noted that teaching had improved since their previous inspection and that pupils w
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