|Name||Robert Clack School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||08 October 2013|
|Address||Gosfield Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM8 1JU|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||1995 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||13.9|
|Local Authority||Barking and Dagenham|
|Percentage Free School Meals||16.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||33%|
Information about this school
Robert Clack School is much larger than average-sized secondary school with a sixth form. The school has specialist status for science, mathematics, modern languages and information and communication technology. The proportion of boys on roll is higher than girls. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported by school action is above that found nationally. Those supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language and who are from minority ethnic backgrounds is above that found nationally. Inspectors could not take account of the online Parent View survey because too few responses were received during the inspection. The percentage of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals, those who are looked after and students with a parent in the armed services) is much higher than the national average. Robert Clack is one of four schools in the North East Consortium. The four schools cooperate to provide sixth form education in the local area. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Teaching is good, helping students to make good progress in lessons and over time. Overall, achievement of students is good. By the end of Year 11, some students make outstanding progress, given their starting points in Year 7. The sixth form is good and standards are continuing to rise. Students of different ethnicities, faiths and with different educational and social needs get on really well together. The school is an extremely inclusive community. A positive ethos permeates all aspects of the school’s work. The headteacher, leaders and staff set very high expectations for students’ learning and behaviour. Outstanding behaviour and attitudes to learning help students enjoy their learning and achieve well. Outstanding leadership inspires staff and students to do their very best. Governors are robust in challenging leaders to continually improve the school. Leadership and management have outstanding capacity for further improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teaching does not provide sufficient challenge for more able students. Not all marking is of a consistently high quality to ensure all students know how to respond and improve their work. Teaching observations by leaders are occasionally generous because there is not enough consideration of the progress that different student groups are making.