Coleridge Community College


Name Coleridge Community College
Website http://www.parksidefederation.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 May 2019
Address Radegund Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 3RJ
Phone Number 01223712300
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 536 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.5
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 25%
Percentage English is Not First Language 23.3%
Persisitent Absence 11.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Coleridge Community College converted to an academy in 2011. The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The school is part of the Cambridge Academic Partnership multi-academy trust. Discussions are under way for the schools currently in the trust to join the United Learning Trust from September 2019. Arrangements for governance are conducted by a local governing body. The local governing body is accountable to a board of trustees. The majority of pupils are White British. Around a quarter of the pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with SEND, including those who have an education, health and care plan, is above the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The school uses a number of alternative providers. These include Romsey Mill, Farm Club, TBAP and EDLounge.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Strong leadership at all levels over time has continued to improve the school so that it now offers its pupils a good quality of education. Teachers understand pupils’ needs well when planning their lessons. Consistently good-quality teaching, learning and assessment ensure that pupils make good progress. Occasionally, a few pupils do not attempt the challenges their teachers set them, when they are capable of doing so. Leaders’ work to raise standards in science has led to welcome improvements. This remains an ongoing priority for the school. The school’s well-considered curriculum is broad and balanced and prepares pupils very well for the next stages of their education. Pupils behave well in lessons and when moving around the school. The small size of the school enables pupils to be known as individuals. Pupils feel safe and are well looked after when in school. They understand right from wrong and make the most of the roles and responsibilities offered to them. Leaders have deployed a number of strategies to improve pupils’ attendance. Attendance has improved over time but remains below the national average. The quality of staff training is high and has led to improvements in the quality of teaching in the school. Teachers are complimentary about the support they receive. Parents and carers are very supportive of the school’s aims and values. They rightly perceive that this is a good school that continues to improve. The school provides an extensive range of enrichment activities and many pupils take advantage of these. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted very well. Cambridge Academic Partnership and the local governing body provide a good balance of support and challenge which has contributed towards the school’s improvement. Staff who work in the school feel valued and appreciate senior leaders’ efforts to reduce their workload while maintaining high expectations. Safeguarding arrangements are effective.