Carrington School

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About Carrington School

Name Carrington School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Kerry Oakley
Address Noke Drive, Redhill, RH1 4AD
Phone Number 01737764356
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 972
Local Authority Surrey
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud of their school. They know that staff work very hard to support them. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), who get the support they need to participate fully in the life of the school.

The school's pastoral team is extremely strong. Parents are very happy with the provision for their children, describing it as 'excellent' and 'brilliant'.

Leaders set high standards.

They know that some pupils did less well in the past and are adamant that this must improve. Staff and pupils are on board with the changes. This includes providing a broad choice of academic and creative subjects.

Relationships ...between staff and pupils are very strong. Pupils see staff as role models. As one pupil put it, 'They trust us and we trust them back.'

As a result, pupils are happy and they behave well. They value difference and treat each other with respect. Bullying is very rare, but resolved quickly if it happens.

Pupils enjoy a very wide and exciting choice of extra-curricular activities through the school's 'Excellence' programme. This inspires pupils to be intellectually inquisitive.The school's 'ACE (Aspiring Carrington Experiences) Foundation' supports this further, providing unique opportunities, such as overseas residential visits.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Determined leaders have improved this school since the last inspection. The multi-academy trust has provided strong guidance and has ensured that staff feel well supported. Leaders have focused on correcting many of the historical issues that led to weaker performance in examinations in 2022.

Leaders' curriculum plans have become more ambitious. In the past, the proportion of pupils studying a modern foreign language was too small. School leaders have increased these numbers to ensure more pupils will now meet the government's national ambition for the English Baccalaureate.

Subject leaders organise their courses well. Teachers take account of their pupils' existing knowledge when designing their lessons. Time is taken to ascertain the needs of pupils with SEND, giving teachers information 'passports' about each pupil.

This supports teachers to identify and meet any additional needs in order to help pupils with SEND achieve. Pupils learn the information they need and teachers make sure that it is remembered through providing regular opportunities to recall key knowledge. New learning builds on existing knowledge.

For example, in religious studies, key stage 3 pupils learn the meaning of the word 'prophet'. In GCSE, they can then discuss the importance of prophets in different religions.

Mostly, teachers encourage pupils to think deeply about their learning.

They ask searching questions. Well-chosen 'ad astra' activities extend understanding. Teachers ensure that pupils know exactly how to improve their work.

This is particularly useful for pupils with SEND. However, teachers sometimes set work which is less demanding or unnecessarily repetitive. In these cases, pupils struggle to reach the deeper levels of understanding they need to achieve well.

Some pupils arrive at Carrington at a very early stage of learning to read. This includes some pupils with SEND or from a disadvantaged background. These pupils get support to learn to read, but some staff do not have the specialist training that is required.

In these cases, the support is less effective and pupils do not learn to read fluently as quickly as they should.

Leaders set high expectations for behaviour. They provide behaviour support when pupils need it, particularly for those with SEND.

Pupils have responded very well to this support. Lessons are now rarely disrupted by poor behaviour.

Leaders ensure that pupils are ready for their next steps when they leave school.

Pupils learn how to keep themselves healthy. They are taught how to be a good citizen. In religious education, pupils learn about important religious and moral issues.

Pupil leaders proudly influence school decisions. Careers education is strong, with a big choice of vocational subject options in key stage 4. In some lessons, there is a running display of potential jobs that use the skills being taught in that lesson.

Many pupils find these informative and inspirational.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding leaders are well informed and dedicated to pupil safety.

Governors provide valuable guidance and supervision. Records of employment checks are thorough. The school makes sure that all safeguarding training is kept up to date.

Leaders have effective systems to identify and support any pupils who need help. The skilled pastoral team checks the well-being of their pupils regularly and with great care. Staff are vigilant and take their responsibilities seriously.

They call in outside agencies when this is needed.

Pupils learn many strategies to keep themselves safe, including when online. Leaders give pupils advice on healthy relationships and consent.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Sometimes, teachers set work that is not challenging enough. It does not match the ambition of the curriculum and, as a result, some pupils do not learn as well as they could. Leaders should make sure that the work set in all subject areas is equally ambitious and provides pupils with the opportunity to achieve well across the curriculum.

Some pupils at an early stage of reading do not get the specialist support they need to learn to read. As a result, those pupils struggle to access the full curriculum and sometimes fall further behind. Leaders should ensure that all staff who teach early reading receive effective training so that they can support pupils to improve their reading swiftly.

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