Frome Community College

Name Frome Community College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 January 2014
Address Bath Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2HQ
Phone Number 01373465353
Type Secondary
Age Range 13-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1091 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.6
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 16.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.6%
Persisitent Absence 12.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Frome Community College is a larger-than-average-sized 13 to 19 secondary school with a large sixth form. It works closely with partner middle and first schools through the Frome Partnership of Schools. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is just below the national average. The overall proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for children looked after by the local authority, those known to be eligible for free school meals and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces) is just below the national average. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is well below the national average. The proportion of students whose first language is not English is well below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has made rapid improvements in the quality of teaching and students’ achievement because of the good leadership provided by the school’s senior leaders. The Principal provides outstanding leadership. Governors are well informed and support and challenge senior leaders well. Most students make at least good progress from starting points that are often low. An increasing number are making outstanding progress. The achievement of students in Years 9 to 11 has improved significantly and gaps between the achievement of different groups of students have closed, or are closely rapidly. Improvements in students’ achievement are due to improvements in the quality of teaching and more rigorous tracking of their progress. Much teaching is good and some, in a range of subjects, is outstanding. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a very strong feature that permeates much of the school. Almost all teaching in the sixth form is now at least good and much is outstanding. However, the achievement of some students is not good enough and the sixth form overall requires improvement. Achievement is rising rapidly because of the significant improvements in the quality of teaching.. The school has responded very well to the requirements of the 16 to 19 Study Programme introduced in September 2013. The sixth form curriculum meets the needs of all students particularly well. This is a vibrant school where students play a full part in the many and varied opportunities open to them. Their behaviour in lessons and around the school is at least good and they feel safe. They have positive attitudes to learning and want to do well. They are very appreciative of the improvements that the school has made. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The achievement of some students in the sixth form requires improvement. There has not been enough time for improvements to teaching to result in good achievement for all. A small amount of teaching requires improvement to raise students’ achievements further so that all make the progress they are capable of.