Cranbury College


Name Cranbury College
Website http://www.cranburycollege.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
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Address Cranbury Road, Reading, RG30 2TS
Phone Number 01189376847
Type Academy
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Reading
Percentage Free School Meals 47.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (07 February 2018)
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This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Information about this school

Cranbury College provides a wide variety of education and support for some of the most vulnerable pupils in Reading. The three main sites are predominantly for pupils who have been permanently excluded from mainstream schools or who have emotional, behavioural or medical needs that prevent them from attending school. Most pupils are of secondary age. The Cranbury Road site is mainly for key stage 4 pupils, while key stage 3 pupils currently attend a site on Northumberland Avenue. The small number of key stage 2 pupils attend the College Road site. The post-16 provision is also on the Northumberland Avenue site and meets a wide range of needs for students in Years 12, 13 and 14. The college also successfully operates the teaching service at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. In addition, the college provides one-to-one tuition at home or elsewhere for pupils who are unable to attend the college. The college also provides outreach support to other schools in Reading. The college provides an enhanced curriculum and work experience by working with other local providers and businesses, including: Auto Skills, Reading YMCA, RAW Health and Fitness, Reading Rockets, Readipop Studios, Path Hill Outdoor, Outdoor Academy, Heads High Hair and Beauty, Heroes, and Reading FC Community Trust. Most pupils have SEN and/or disabilities. Many pupils have, or are in the process of, being assessed for education, health and care plans. About half of the pupils are disadvantaged and entitled to additional funding through the pupil premium. Just under one in ten of the pupils are children looked after by the local authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has successfully brought together the different college sites and staff teams so that there is consistency across the whole of Cranbury College. All leaders are determined that pupils are entitled to another chance and believe that their ‘future starts here’. Leaders have increased their expectations and as a result teaching and learning have improved and are now good. Actions to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare are outstanding. Pupils are given exceptional opportunities to gain skills that will serve them well in the future. Pupils at the college make good progress from their starting points. They gain relevant qualifications and are helped to prepare well for the next stage of their education or for the world of work. Behaviour in the college is good overall. Pupils who find it difficult to manage their behaviour are successfully helped to improve by dedicated college staff. The curriculum provides pupils with appropriate options and qualifications to prepare them well for the next stage of their education or for the world of work. Provision for students aged 16 to 19 in the college is good. Appropriate courses together with good support and guidance help students to make progress and grow in confidence. The effectiveness of the management committee has improved. The committee now holds leaders to account and has a clear vision for the future of the college. There is a strong safeguarding culture at the college. Systems are rigorous and help keep pupils safe from harm. Teachers do not always encourage pupils to develop their reading and writing skills as well as they could. Some pupils do not attend regularly enough. A few pupils do not attend because they have been excluded or have part-time timetables. The college works well with other schools in the borough but would like to do more to reduce the number of permanent exclusions in Reading.