|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||02 May 2012|
|Address||Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6LT|
|Number of Pupils||1269 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.8|
|Academy Sponsor||Leigh Academies Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
This school is a larger than average, non-selective school in an area with grammar schools and has a large sixth form. It is a popular, over-subscribed school. The proportion of students entering or leaving the school other than at the usual times is lower than the national average for secondary schools. A much lower proportion of students than average are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportions of students on the school action and school action plus programmes are double the average; most of these have moderate learning difficulty, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties and the proportion of those with a statement of special educational needs is in line with the average. The vast majority of students are White British and there is no other significant group from minority ethnic backgrounds. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.
This is a good school. The sixth form is satisfactory and improving. The majority of parents, carers and students are highly positive about the quality of education and care provided. Students start from a low base and make good progress, and over the last three years, an improving trend of GCSE examination results has resulted in attainment that is broadly average. The school is not yet outstanding because teaching and the progress of students in lessons is not yet consistently good and more often outstanding. Teaching is good. Where the work matches students’ needs and abilities through well-structured tasks and teachers carefully check learning, students make good progress. A few lessons lack sufficient challenge for the more-able students. Assessment activities and marking are not consistently employed effectively to plan learning in line with students’ levels and do not always inform students of where they can improve. Teaching in the sixth form is satisfactory with much that is good and results in broadly satisfactory progress and achievement. In some subjects, lesson activities do not fully extend students’ learning, particularly their critical thinking or evaluative skills. Very effective support for disabled students and those with special educational needs results in the majority making good progress. Attendance is broadly average. The school provides good curricular opportunities and works actively with external partners to raise achievement. This helps students engage enthusiastically in their education. Students feel safe. Their behaviour is good and they are well-motivated learners. The headteacher has responded very successfully to challenges he has faced, through effective performance management processes resulting in greater capacity and stability in middle leadership and teaching staff. Moreover, through monitoring rigorously students’ behaviour, learning and attainment, his actions have resulted in raising achievement in Key Stage 4 this year, establishing a good ‘behaviour for learning’ ethos and raising the aspirations of both staff and students.