Lyng Hall School
|Headteacher||Paul Francis Green|
|Local authority||Coventry City Council|
|DfE URN||103733 Tables|
Lyng Hall School is a comprehensive school in Coventry, England, with specialist status as a Sports College, achieved in 2005. It is known for its community work within its local area and the city of Coventry.
Lyng Hall's student composition is ethnically diverse and supports students from many backgrounds and countries, many of which speak English in addition to their mother tongues. The school also has an above-average population of students who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Many of the students come from areas of socio-economic deprivation and as a result, the number eligible for free school meals is well above the national average. The school achieved the 'Gold Healthy School' award in 2007, became a 'Creative Partnership' change school in June 2008 and a 'Trust School' in the same year. Ofsted reports dating back to 2001 indicate a gradual improvement over the years, up to 2008, where the school was once considered to be on average 'satisfactory', was now considered to be 'good'.
A report composed in 2008 examining the performance of Design and Technology (D&T) and Modern Language indicated concerns with both. D&T was found to be lackluster, typically due to a frequent change in teachers during and between terms and teachers themselves being unqualified. As a result, standards of proficiency of D&T in students are below the average expected of their age at the end of Key Stage 3. Modern Languages teaching quality was found to be satisfactory, but in the 2005–2006 term, entitlement to the subject was withdrawn because so few students opted to take a language in Key Stage 4, removing the potential for pupils who wish to learn a Modern Language. Based on information available, French has been reintroduced as an option for Key Stage 4 students.
The school is well known in the local area for the volume of its alumni progressing into the pharmaceutical industries. Many students of the school have been widely noted in the press for their work in this sector. Lyng Hall has been widely recognised for its instrumental role in encouraging the development of chemical substances.
The school runs a 'Community Programme', allowing for clubs and classes to take place on and make use of some of the school's premises, typically at evenings and weekends. The programme includes such activities as aikido, athletics, triathleticism and football.