Rednock School

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About Rednock School

Name Rednock School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Mike Stratford
Address Kingshill Road, Dursley, GL11 4BY
Phone Number 01453543618
Phase Secondary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1251
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The school teaches pupils that 'everyone matters'. It is a warm and welcoming place where everyone is accepted for who they are.

Pupils play a role in creating a positive school culture. For example, they use assemblies to explain the impact of intolerant language.

Within each tutor group, the school creates supportive 'families'.

These small groups of mixed-age pupils discuss and work together positively in tutor time. Year 9 pupils are proud to act as 'buddies' to Year 7 pupils. All of this helps pupils to develop friendships in different year groups and feel like they belong.

Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. There are clear rou...tines and expectations. When bullying is reported to the school, it is tackled swiftly.

Thanks to trusting relationships between pupils and staff, pupils feel safe. This is a key reason why students decide to continue their studies in the school's sixth form, where their needs are well understood.

There is a growing range of clubs on offer, catering for different interests.

The school provides interesting opportunities and challenges, such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award or the chance to take part in a school musical.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

From their arrival in Year 7, pupils read widely and often. During their time at the school, pupils develop a love of literature.

Through stories, pupils learn about the range of human experience. This helps them to understand and relate to others. The school provides a phonics curriculum for those who do not yet read well.

However, the curriculum is not informed by precise assessment of gaps in pupils' phonics knowledge and so does not target these directly.

Teaching supports pupils to learn ambitious vocabulary and concepts. This helps pupils to discuss the curriculum content intelligently and prepares them well for sixth-form study.

The school uses the mantra: 'If you can say it, you can write it.' Pupils spend time talking about their learning before putting pen to paper. Many can explain difficult concepts clearly.

Teaching supports pupils to write well in different subjects. Nonetheless, some pupils cannot write independently without this support, which sometimes limits opportunities for them to hone their skills.

Pupils study a broad curriculum.

Most take GCSEs in several subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate. Nevertheless, pupils have not always chosen to continue with a modern foreign language. The school has addressed this by widening the range of languages offered.

Therefore, pupils learn French, Spanish and German, before choosing one. This has helped to spark pupils' interest in language learning and take-up is rising rapidly.

The school places a high priority on meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Staff receive detailed, relevant training which helps them to understand pupils' different challenges. As a result, pupils with SEND usually follow and learn the curriculum successfully. The school recognises that pupils with SEND have not always received the support planned for them and that this has been frustrating for parents and carers.

However, teaching has been reviewed and strengthened in response.

Pupils' learning is rarely disrupted. Parents, pupils and staff recognise that the standard of behaviour has improved following changes made to the way the school manages behaviour.

Expectations of pupils have risen and systems are clear. As a result, pupils focus on the substance of their learning and are not distracted. The school is proactive in ensuring that pupils attend well.

The school provides a comprehensive curriculum for pupils' personal development. This includes age-appropriate learning about relationships, sex and health. Pupils learn to respect themselves and others.

Careers advice and guidance is an integral part of the curriculum. Pupils have frequent encounters with different employers and education and training providers. There is a strong tradition of work experience which continues into the sixth form.

The curriculum is enriched through trips and competitions. Sports clubs are well attended. There is a wide range of clubs linked to curriculum subjects, such as book clubs for each key stage.

Pupils take part in opportunities to get involved in the arts, or in technology. Despite this, a significant proportion of pupils report that they do not participate in these extra-curricular activities very often.

The governing body is highly skilled and effective.

Governors know the school's strengths and challenges well. They plan strategically for the school's long-term future and champion the interests of disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils. The governing body is rigorous in assuring itself that decisions are having the right impact.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Teaching does not recognise pupils' different starting points consistently well. Consequently, some teaching is not adapted in the light of what pupils already know and can do.

For some pupils, this means that the curriculum lacks demand. For others, it means a lack of precise focus on important gaps in their knowledge. The school should ensure that teaching takes account of pupils' prior learning.

Pupils do not make the most of the school's extra-curricular offer. While many participate well, there is a significant minority who do not get involved and so do not reap the benefits. The school should encourage more pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils, to develop their talents and interests by taking up more of the opportunities provided.

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