Fernhill School

Name Fernhill School
Website http://www.fernhill.hants.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 18 September 2018
Address Neville Duke Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 9BY
Phone Number 01276702540
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 597 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 16.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.9%
Persisitent Absence 15.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Fernhill School is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. A new headteacher and a new chair of governors have been appointed since the last full inspection. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from a disadvantaged background is above the national average. Likewise, the proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is also above national average. The school uses three alternative providers: Rowhill School, The Clock Tower (Hampshire inclusion) and Farnborough College of Technology.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement School leaders are beginning to have a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. However, there is still too much inconsistency in pupils’ outcomes. Although subject leaders are focused on the correct priorities for improvement, the quality of provision in English and mathematics is not yet good enough. Disadvantaged pupils do not achieve well enough. The rates of fixed-term exclusions are falling but need to reduce further, especially for pupils in vulnerable groups. Most-able pupils are not always challenged appropriately because expectations are not consistently high enough. Consequently, the most able pupils are not making enough progress. Pupils who have special education needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are cared for well, but they are not achieving as well as they should. School leaders have recently developed a culture where the attendance of every pupil is important. As a result, rates of absence are falling. The school has the following strengths The new headteacher has very quickly communicated his key priorities to improve the school. Staff are fully supportive of his vision and expectations. School leaders, at all levels, understand the school’s strengths and weaknesses well. Pupils feel safe. They are well cared for because staff know them well. Pupils behave well. They are proud of their school and have positive relationships with each other. They learn in a calm and purposeful environment. Teachers are beginning to benefit from a new approach to professional development and training, including the sharing of good practice already evident within the school.