|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||01 February 2012|
|Address||Huntsmans Drive, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RP|
|Number of Pupils||989 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.3|
|Academy Sponsor||Rutland And District Schools' Federation|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||5.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
This college is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is well below average. Most students are from White British backgrounds, and the proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is very low. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs is broadly average. More students have statements of special educational needs than average. The college holds specialist visual arts status. The college offers full day care for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. It also provides specialist provision for 25 students with special educational needs and/or disabilities, mainly with moderate learning difficulties, as well as educational and recreational opportunities for adult learners. The college is a member of a soft federation with a local primary school. The college meets current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.
Catmose College is an outstanding school led by an inspirational and visionary Principal, with strong and effective leadership and management at all levels, including the governing body. This is a highly successful school that is relentless in its quest to improve further. The very strong ambition of its leaders is shared so that all staff who responded to the survey said they are proud to be a member of the college and they know what it is trying to achieve. Achievement has risen steadily so that results at the end of Key Stage 4 are well above average. Teaching is outstanding. Almost all lessons are good with just under half outstanding. Teachers consistently expect all students to be challenged and give their best. Because of excellent relationships, students show confidence in responding to this challenge. Lessons are well paced, relevant and enjoyable, providing many opportunities for extending the learning. Staff use modern technologies well to support their teaching and students also have good opportunities to use these in lessons. Learning is also aided by the students’ outstanding behaviour and the maturity students show in terms of staying safe and helping one another in their work. The college values all individuals and nurtures their unique talents. As a result, students develop into mature and thoughtful citizens, able to cope effectively with challenges. Provision for students in the specialist provision is highly effective in supporting students’ progress through a fully inclusive and integrated approach to its work. Provision and outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are good. These lay secure foundations for their personal development. Intelligent management systems, a track record of improvement and relentless belief in the potential of every individual mean that the college has outstanding capacity to improve. The college’s commitment to inclusion is therefore strong, and all aspects of the college’s work are subject to rigorous, ongoing evaluation, so that the college’s motto, ‘equal value, outstanding progress,’ is a reality here.