Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

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About Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Name Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Headteacher Elaine Wilson
Address Pelham Road, Gravesend, DA11 0JE
Phone Number 01474352896
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 1349
Local Authority Kent
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school.

Staff and school leaders share the headteacher's uncompromising vision for the school that promotes the learning and progress of every student within a caring and cohesive community. As a result, achievement in all subjects including English and mathematics is exceptionally high. Leaders know the school well and what needs to be done to improve still further.

Teachers enjoy their teaching, are committed to their training and development and work hard to ensure that what they provide in the classroom helps students to flourish. As a consequence, much teaching is outstanding. The behaviour of students is exemplary.

They en...gage enthusiastically with their learning, are courteous, polite and keen to contribute fully to the life of the school. The leadership of teaching is exceptionally strong. Leaders monitor the quality of teaching on a regular basis and ensure that staff training is tailored to the individual needs of the teacher.

Performance management is robust and of the highest quality. As a result, teaching is continuing to improve over time. The school provides students with a varied and responsive curriculum.

This includes a rich diet of extra-curricular activities which students participate in enthusiastically and which helps them to develop both socially and culturally. The teaching of literacy is particularly effective. Students are encouraged to read widely and to use a precise, technical vocabulary.

This enables them to develop complex skills such as evaluation and analysis and these support them in their future learning. The sixth form is outstanding. Teaching is exceptionally strong and, as a result, students make excellent progress.

Members of the governing body are ambitious for the school's success and use their wide-ranging skills to provide very effective challenge and support for school leaders.

Information about this school

This is an average-size secondary school with 256 students in the sixth form. The school selects from the top 25% of girls.

It converted to become an academy in February, 2012. When its predecessor school, Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be good. The school has a specialism in science and a second specialism in languages.

Approximately one in 20 of the school's population is known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding provided for children in local authority care, children of service families and those known to be eligible for free school meals. This proportion is well below the national average. There are no children from service families currently on the school's roll.

There are no Year 7 students eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium, which is provided by the government to support those students who have not previously reached the expected levels in English and mathematics. A little under one in three students is from a minority ethnic group, which is above the national average. A little under one in five students speaks English as an additional language which is above the national average.

The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below the national average. Some additional A-level courses are taken by sixth form students at Saint George's Church of England School, Northfleet School for Girls, Northfleet Technology College, Gravesend Grammar School and St John's Catholic Comprehensive School. The school meets the government's floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress.

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