Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

What kind of school are you?

Our research identified four groups of schools:

Hidden resource schools

Some schools benefit from additional resources, capacities, and individuals, which are not immediately obvious from standard school data and are not available to all schools. Hidden resources relate to factors such as school ethos and environment.

Schools facing extreme circumstances

Some school communities face extreme challenges that have an impact on daily life in a school. Examples include knife crime in the local community; high numbers of transferring students; and long-term difficulties in recruiting staff. 

Two-in-one schools

Some schools face extreme challenges as well as having significant hidden resources. Typically, a two-in-one school serves both students from affluent homes in the wider region and students living in poverty. 

Local schools

The most common type of school in the PPP typology is the local school. Local schools have few hidden resources and few extreme challenges. Typically, most students are from the immediate local area and there are no obvious divides in the communities served by the school. 

Find out more about the PPP typology of schools and how to categorise your own school.