Farlingaye High School

Name Farlingaye High School
Website http://www.farlingaye.suffolk.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 April 2013
Address Ransom Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JX
Phone Number 01394385720
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1917 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 10.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.8%
Persisitent Absence 17.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than most secondary schools. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below average, and no pupils are at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average, and the proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. This is additional government funding for children looked after by the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who have a parent in the armed forces. A small number of students are partly educated in Otley College to provide them with opportunities to gain work-related qualifications. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school takes students from other schools into its sixth form, and currently about a quarter of the sixth form is made up of students from other schools. The school became an academy on 1 July 2011. The predecessor school, also called Farlingaye High School, was judged to be outstanding when it was last inspected by Ofsted in March 2007.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make outstanding progress and reach well-above-average standards in their personal and academic skills because : teaching is excellent at all stages throughout the school. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent, their attitudes to work are exceptionally good, and they thoroughly enjoy school and the rich range of learning and social activities that prepare them extremely well for later life and the world of work. Pupils feel safe in school. They say that bullying is extremely rare and when any does occur, the staff deal with it swiftly and effectively. Teachers usually give pupils outstanding personal and academic help and guidance. Just occasionally, the work set in lessons is not precisely planned to get the most out of all ability groups, and pupils do not make the best possible use of the advice they are given in marking. The headteacher provides excellent leadership. She works successfully with other leaders and governors to raise standards and improve pupils’ progress, as well as provide effective training to improve the quality of teaching. The sixth form is outstanding. The students make excellent progress because teaching is consistently of a very high quality.