|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||19 March 2014|
|Address||Austen Way, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0XB|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||1322 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.2|
|Academy Sponsor||Beaumont School|
|Percentage Free School Meals||4.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||13.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||16.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Beaumont School converted to become an academy school on 1st July 2012. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school with a sixth form. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is below average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is much lower than average. This is additional funding to support students known to be eligible for free school meals, those from families in the armed forces and those in local authority care. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school holds language, maths and computer specialist status and this supports its provision and curriculum. The school works with a consortium of local schools to provide academic and work-related courses for the sixth form. The school does not use alternative providers for its students. School leaders and teachers provide support for local secondary schools. This involves, for example, helping teachers to develop strategies to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Students receive an outstanding education at Beaumont School that prepares them extremely well for their future. In 2013 the school achieved better results for students at the end of Year 11 and Year 13 than in 2012. The headteacher, leadership team and the governors have a relentless focus on raising achievement for all students in the school. Teaching is consistently good and much of it outstanding. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and demonstrate a passion and love for their subject. Teachers plan exciting, challenging lessons that stretch students’ thinking. In most subjects and for all abilities, including the most able, students make rapid progress. Students are very respectful towards each other and their teachers. The behaviour and attitudes of students is exemplary in and out of the classroom. Students are very proud of their school. Attendance is above average. Students feel safe in school and say that bullying is uncommon but if it happens they have confidence that teachers will deal with it. Governors and senior leaders set themselves very high standards. Checks on the quality of teaching and how well students are doing are robust and rigorous. This promotes further improvement in achievement. The teaching and learning group in school relentlessly support the leadership team in their continuous drive to improve the percentage of outstanding teaching. This is enhancing provision in the school. This best practice is being shared with other local secondary schools. The sixth form is outstanding. Most students at the end of Year 11 transfer to the sixth form and the vast majority go on to their first choice of university. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school.