King Ethelbert School

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About King Ethelbert School

Name King Ethelbert School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Tom Sellen
Address Canterbury Road, Birchington, CT7 9BL
Phone Number 01843831999
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 757
Local Authority Kent
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher is passionate about doing the right thing for pupils. She is well supported by school and trust leaders.

This is a happy school where pupils learn well because they feel safe. They enjoy school and are respectful of each other and staff. Pupils' behaviour is good.

They enjoy a wide range of after-school activities and exciting visits. They are proud of their school and value the opportunities they have. Teachers plan engaging lessons.

They use imaginative ideas to support pupils well in their learning. Consequently, most pupils currently at the school are making good progress. Teachers use pupils' achievement info...rmation well.

Pupils are learning effectively because : their teachers know their individual learning needs. School leaders put pupils' needs first. As a result, pupils study appropriate courses that prepare them well for the future.

Current pupils' outcomes are improving quickly because the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good or better. The school develops pupils' social, moral, spiritual and cultural development well. Middle leaders are highly ambitious and becoming more effective in their roles.

As a result, they are impacting well on improving the quality of teaching and learning. Governors support and challenge school leaders effectively. They have the right skills and knowledge to help leaders improve the school even further.

Most-able pupils' outcomes are improving for existing pupils, although these improvements are not yet consistent across all areas of the school. Disadvantaged pupils' outcomes at the end of key stage 4 have not been strong in the recent past. However, this vulnerable group's outcomes are now improving quickly.

Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are beginning to make better progress, because leaders use pupils' information better than they did in the past. The school works well with pupils and families to ensure that pupils attend school regularly. However, rates of persistent absence are still too high.

Information about this school

King Ethelbert School is a smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The headteacher is also the headteacher of another school in the trust. The school is a member of The Coastal Academies Trust, a five-school multi-academy trust.

The proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds is above the national average. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The number of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is also above the national average.

The governing body is a federated governing body serving both King Ethelbert School and Dane Court Grammar School. A new chair of the governing body has been in post since the start of September 2018. The school works with the Enterprise Learning Alliance which is an alternative provider for a small number of pupils from key stage 3 and 4.

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