|Name||Farlingaye High School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||25 April 2013|
|Address||Ransom Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JX|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||1917 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.8%|
|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.