Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School

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Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School

Name Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Chatham Street, Ramsgate, CT11 7PS
Phone Number 01843591075
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1463 (51.3% boys 48.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.8
Academy Sponsor Chatham &Amp; Clarendon Grammar School
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 8.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.3%
Persistent Absence 13.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (11 September 2014)
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Information about this school

Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School is a larger-than-average-sized mixed selective school. It is a new school formed from the merger of the former Chatham House Grammar School and Clarendon House Grammar School in September 2013. The school has single-gender teaching for boys and girls in the lower school and also in the core subjects in the upper school. There are mixed classes in option subjects in the upper school and throughout the sixth form. There are slightly more boys than girls and the vast majority of students are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language is well below average. The proportion of students for whom the school receives the pupil premium is below average. This is additional government funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after. There are a few children who are looked after. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs on the school roll is below average. The school meets the government current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school was awarded Artsmark Gold in September 2014. The school does not make use of any off-site training.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. School leaders and governors have successfully steered the school through a turbulent period, with the merging of the two grammar schools. Their commitment and skill have ensured that student achievement has continued to rise during this period of challenge and change. As a result of good leadership, the school is a harmonious and happy place. Students are proud to wear the uniform, and staff morale is high. One staff member wrote, ‘I am very proud to be a member of staff in this school.’ Behaviour and safety are good. Students are welcoming and courteous to visitors. Their conduct and manners are impeccable. They feel safe and respond to the demands of multi-site school with maturity and care for each other. Teaching is good because teachers have a passion for their subject and plan interesting and engaging activities where students learn and achieve well. Relationships are strong and there is a very positive atmosphere in classrooms. Achievement is good. Students make good progress and attain well in almost all subjects. Boys’ progress is improving rapidly and is now close to matching that of girls. The sixth form is good. Students like the range of subjects offered, the personalised support and the good teaching, which helps them learn and achieve. They are excellent role models for younger students to follow. Students enjoy and participate enthusiastically in a wide range of house events and artistic, sporting and cultural pursuits available to them. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teachers do not routinely use information about their students’ prior achievement to plan activities that are exciting and challenging. Not all teachers use questioning to probe students’ understanding of new information in sufficient depth. This limits their progress.