Hugh Christie School

Name Hugh Christie School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address White Cottage Road, Tonbridge, TN10 4PU
Phone Number 01732353544
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 917 (59.4% boys 40.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 23.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.6%
Persistent Absence 29%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 December 2017)
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is a smaller-than-average-sized secondary school, with a sixth form. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. A small proportion of pupils do not speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with middle- and low-prior attainment on entry is well above the national average. Conversely, the proportion with high-prior attainment on entry is below the national average. The school meets the government?s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress. Some pupils attend off-site provision at Two Bridges Pupil Referral Unit, Southborough through the local authority. The school meets the Department for Education?s definition of a coasting school based on key stage 4 academic performance results in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The executive principal has high aspirations and ambitions for all pupils that encourage them to make good progress. Leaders ensure that an ethos of respect for others exists. Teachers? good support for pupils? well-being and pastoral development helps them to be successful. This is a strength of the school. Pupils are happy and show a desire to learn. Governors know the school well. They consistently challenge leaders to ensure that standards continue to rise. Current pupils in all year groups make good progress due to leaders? successful work to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Teachers know pupils well and are committed to improving their achievement. They plan work well to match the needs of different pupils. Teachers? good subject knowledge enables them to question pupils deeply to extend their knowledge and understanding. All pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The extra-curricular opportunities are extensive and enrich pupils? learning experiences. Attendance is below national average. Leaders? actions are improving current attendance, although slowly. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are supported well, enabling them to access the work. These pupils are making rapid progress to catch up with their peers. Leadership of the sixth form is strong. Students have access to a wide range of courses. Students taking A-level qualifications, including disadvantaged students, make good progress. Parents are very complimentary about the support provided to pupils. Parents speak positively about the excellent communication between school and home to help pupils succeed. Pupils? behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. The previous high level of exclusions is reducing rapidly, as actions to support pupils more effectively are working. A minority of teachers do not follow the school?s assessment policy consistently enough. Sixth-form students taking vocational qualifications have not done as well in the past as those taking A levels. However, the trend is improving and the gap with other students nationally is reducing.