Fullhurst Community College

Name Fullhurst Community College
Website http://www.fullhurst.leicester.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 October 2012
Address Imperial Avenue, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 1AH
Phone Number 01162824326
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1131 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.7
Local Authority Leicester
Percentage Free School Meals 25.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 32.7%
Persisitent Absence 15.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Fullhurst Community College is smaller than the average secondary school. Approximately three quarters of students are of White British heritage. Many of the remainder have European or mixed heritage. The proportion of students that speaks English as an additional language is above average. The number of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for looked-after children and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is more than double the national average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have disabilities or special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. The number of students joining the school part way through the school year is higher than typically found. In several cases students are at an early stage of learning English. A small number of students in Year 10 and 11 attend courses off site in subjects such as motor mechanics and hairdressing. 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 headteacher’s inspiring leadership has successfully focused everyone’s attention on making the right steps towards improvement. Teachers plan lessons so that students build on what they already know and all groups of students make good progress. There has been a significant yearly rise in the proportion of students gaining five GCSE grades A* to C, including mathematics and English, since the last inspection. Staff and students work well together, sharing a common vision for success and high achievement. The highly effective management of staff performance has improved the quality of teaching over time so that most is now good or better and standards are rising. Students’ behaviour has improved since the last inspection and is now good. They show positive attitudes towards learning and say that they feel safe in school. Attendance has improved and exclusions are reducing. The governing body makes sure that the school continues to be well led and managed, and effectively checks performance and that its money is wisely spent where it is most needed. It is not yet an outstanding school because : More students need to exceed national expectations, to reach the highest grades in English and mathematics. Attendance is below average. Homework is not set consistently by all teachers and students miss out on opportunities to learn more.