Fullbrook School

Name Fullbrook School
Website http://www.fullbrook.surrey.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2013
Address Selsdon Road, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 3HW
Phone Number 01932349301
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1405 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 6.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.3%
Persisitent Absence 7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Fullbrook is a larger-than-average sized secondary school with increasing numbers in the sixth form. Fullbrook converted to become an academy in September 2011. When its predecessor school was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. The large majority of students are from White British backgrounds. A broadly average proportion of students speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, for those from services families and for students known to be eligible for free school meals) is below average. The proportions of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action, school action plus or statements of special educational needs are broadly average. Approximately one in every nine students is supported through school action and one in every 14 through school action plus or a statement. A very few students attend alternative courses run by a range of providers including the Pyrford Short Stay School, STEPS and the Bishop David Brown Construction Centre. 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. Students make good progress in the main school and the sixth form, achieving above average standards at GCSE and A level. Achievement in mathematics, one of the school’s specialist subjects, is particularly strong. The sixth form is good. Students behave sensibly as they make their way around the buildings. In lessons, behaviour is usually good; the sixth formers’ conduct is excellent. Attendance is above average and improving. Students of all ages feel safe in school. Teaching is good, with some that is outstanding. Teachers’ strong subject knowledge, very good relationships with the students, and the additional time they give to supporting many individuals and groups are key factors in the students’ success. Students benefit from carefully considered and highly effective pastoral and academic care. The tutor and house system is one of the bedrocks of the school’s success. The school is well led and managed by a very effective team of senior leaders, committed to students’ successes. They are supported by capable and knowledgeable subject and pastoral middle leaders. Leadership of teaching is effective; monitoring is robust and followed up with substantial support for staff. Tracking information on students’ progress is used well to improve standards further. The governing body is effective in both supporting and challenging senior staff. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teaching is not sufficiently challenging for younger students and some is not well matched to the specific needs of groups whose circumstances may make them vulnerable so that they do not always achieve as successfully as their peers. High quality written work is not promoted consistently across all subjects with the result that some students’ work is not well presented and the standard of written English is not always high enough.