Kind-hearted pupils, raised expectations and an ambitious curriculum were all cited by inspectors who have handed Rainhill High School and Rainhill Sixth including The Fowler Education Football Academy (FEFA) their recent Ofsted report.

Good judgement.

The secondary, sixth form and FEFA provision were handed the good judgement after inspectors gave praise ranging from its ambitious curriculum, positive attitudes of pupils and students who the inspectorate stated feel happy and safe in school and act with kindness towards each other.

After visiting between February 22nd and 25th, Ofsted said the school’s overall effectiveness, quality of education, leadership and management, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and sixth form provision were all Good.

The Ofsted report is published today and can be read in full here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/144326

The report cites how aspirations for pupils are reflected in ambitious subject curriculums and a school where leaders and staff have raised their expectations of what pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, can achieve academically.

The judgement comes on the back of consistent results at both GCSE and A-level over time and a £1m makeover which includes a state-of-the-art library, a complete refurbishment of the Maths Faculty and, since September, The Hub, a bespoke SEND centre.


Inspectors noted that students in the sixth form can study a wide range of academic and vocational courses. Futher information on what RH6 offers can be found here: https://rainhillsixth.org.uk/

Alongside RH6, the school’s partner, Robbie Fowler's Education Football Academy (FEFA), allows students to study A-levels alongside their football and equips students for the many alternative careers ranging from sports and nutrition to teaching. Further information can be found here: https://fowleracademy9.com/

The report also states the school and sixth form is home to a well-planned programme of careers advice and guidance and that pupils appreciate the leadership opportunities on offer such as Student Parliament and that students act with kindness towards each other.

The school’s efforts to encourage reading was also effective with students keen to tell inspectors about the books that they had enjoyed recently and extra support being available to those pupils who need it.

Headteacher Josie Thorogood said, “I am very pleased that Ofsted have recognised the improvements made since our last inspection. Our mission is the ‘Pursuit of Excellence’. We will continue our journey to ensure that all pupils and students continue to have the best possible education.”