Glyn School

Name Glyn School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address The Kingsway, Ewell, Epsom, KT17 1NB
Phone Number 02087164949
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 1700 (93.8% boys 6.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17
Academy Sponsor Glf Schools
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 4.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.8%
Persisitent Absence 9.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (15 May 2012)
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Information about the school

Glyn School is an oversubscribed, larger than average, boys’ comprehensive school with girls in the sixth form. It acquired academy status in April 2011, changing its name from Glyn Technology School. It retains its specialism in technology and is a national support school. The school is led by an executive headteacher and an associate headteacher who share responsibility for strategic leadership. The executive headteacher is a national leader of education and works in partnership with a nearby junior school. Most pupils are of White British heritage and a below average proportion of students speak English as an additional language. The school serves an area of relative social advantage. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is low. The proportions of students on the school action plus programme or with a statement of special educational needs are below the national average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school holds Leading Edge status, and British Council International and Investor in People awards.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. A sense of pride and ambition permeates all aspects of the school’s work, and underpins its determination to improve further. The school has achieved significant improvements in students’ achievement since its last inspection when it was judged as outstanding overall. As one parent commented, ‘It is absolutely brilliant. It brims with positivity.’ The school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. Students’ achievement is outstanding across a broad, challenging curriculum which caters for the needs of individuals and groups of students. The GCSE results have improved since the last inspection and are well above the national average in almost all subjects. While still significantly above the national average, boys do better in English literature and mathematics than in English language. The sixth form is good and improving quickly. Students’ attainment in academic, vocational and applied courses is rising and their good achievements ensure that students are successful in progressing into further education or training of their choice. The key to the school’s success lies in outstanding teaching which enthuses and motivates students. Teachers use a variety of active teaching approaches which suit boys and take their learning forward rapidly. The excellent rapport between students and teachers ensures that students are able to question and explore ideas in depth within an atmosphere of mutual respect. Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the site is outstanding. Students willingly subscribe to the school’s code of ‘Respect’. Attendance is well above average. Leaders and managers have established a powerful school ethos that promotes high aspirations and a shared sense of purpose. Self-evaluation is rigorous, challenging and accurate. Arrangements for enhancing staff’s professional skills are very effective in introducing and sharing best practice which has a positive impact on the quality of teaching and thus on students’ learning and attainment.