Brixham College

Name Brixham College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 April 2014
Address Higher Ranscombe Road, Brixham, TQ5 9HF
Phone Number 01803858271
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1065 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Academy Sponsor Brixham College Academy Trust
Local Authority Torbay
Percentage Free School Meals 16.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.6%
Persisitent Absence 21.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Brixham College is an average-sized secondary school. It converted to become an academy school on 1 January 2012. When its predecessor school, Brixham College, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. The college opened its sixth form in September 2013. Most students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium is above average. This is additional government funding to support students known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and students with a parent in the armed forces. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs and those who need some extra help is above the national average. Those who need more extra help or who have a statement of special educational needs is below average. The college has an enhanced provision. This is a specially tailored programme for students with a diagnosis of autism. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. Some students attend access courses at South Devon College.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The Principal and senior leaders provide effective leadership. Together they have raised students’ achievement and improved the quality of teaching. Students achieve well. They make good progress from their starting points across most subjects. Relationships in lessons are strong. Students respond positively to teachers’ instructions, allowing lessons to proceed at a good pace. In the core subjects at Key Stage 4, students monitor their progress effectively through the key skills and concepts of each course. This enables them to understand clearly which aspects of their subjects they can do well and the areas they need to develop further. Students’ behaviour is good. They are polite and conduct themselves well both in and out of lessons. Staff at the college ensure students are safe. Students speak highly of what the school does to support them. Students are able to self-refer themselves and receive effective individualised support for their social, emotional and academic needs. The sixth form, which opened in September 2013, is good. Students are taught well and make good progress. The governing body has a sound understanding of the college’s strengths and areas in need of development. Governors provide an appropriate level of challenge and support to the senior leadership team. As a result, the college is continuing to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : While boys achieve well, their achievement is not as high as that for girls. The quality of teaching is not yet outstanding. Some learning activities planned by teachers do not enable students to make the progress of which they are capable. Marking does not consistently inform students of how well they have done and what they need to do to improve. Attendance is below the national average.