OFSTED Inspection 2014

Rainhill High School was inspected by Ofsted in late November. The overall judgement was that Rainhill is a ‘Good’ school.

I think the report is, overall, a fair one. We have now got all the ingredients to kick on towards achieving an outstanding judgment in the future. Only 1½% of High Schools in the North West have been judged to be Outstanding in 2014.  After all the criticism of the quality of the high schools in St Helens, it is nice to report some positive news.

John Pout, Rainhill Headteacher.

Particular aspects of the Inspectors report include:

  • School leaders are accurate in their evaluation of the school’s strengths. They have created a culture of high expectations and ambition for the school which is inclusive of all students. 
  • Students achieve well overall.  GCSE results are consistently above national averages across the range of subjects, including Mathematics and English.
  • The majority of teaching is good and there are examples of outstanding teaching leading to students making good and outstanding progress in the majority of lessons. 
  • Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is good.  Their attendance levels are above national averages and improving; they are punctual and arrive to lessons well equipped to being learning. 
  • The school offers many opportunities for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. For example, through the many subject-related overseas trips and in the visual and performing arts.
  • The Sixth Form is good.  The wide and diverse curriculum meets students’ needs and aspirations, and high-quality careers guidance and support prepares them well for the next steps in their education, training or employment. 


OFSTED Inspection 2010

On Monday 8th and Tues 9th February 2010, Rainhill High School was subject to an OFSTED inspection, the results of which are available via the link below. Ofsted is the Office for impartial information on Standards in Education and Children’s Services.


Pupils with Headteacher Mr John Pout