Salesian School, Chertsey

Name Salesian School, Chertsey
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 September 2013
Address Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9LU
Phone Number 01932582520
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1590 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.7
Academy Sponsor Xavier Catholic Education Trust
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 4.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.1%
Persisitent Absence 4.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Salesian School is a very large 11 to 18 Catholic co-educational comprehensive school. The school has specialisms in mathematics and humanities. The main school and the sixth form are situated on different sites which are about one mile apart. The majority of students are White British. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is above the national average. The proportion who speaks English as an additional language is very high. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is well below average. The proportion of students supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is in line with the national average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding for students in receipt of free school meals, looked after children and children from service families, is well below average. A small number of Year 7 students are eligible for catch-up funding which is for pupils who did not achieve the expected Level 4 in English or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. No students attend alternative provision at other educational sites. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher, supported by senior leaders, middle leaders and governors, is successful in his determination that all students, irrespective of their circumstances, will receive the very best possible education. Achievement is outstanding across all key stages, in all subjects and for all groups, including those who are disabled, those who have special educational needs and those for whom the pupil premium provides support. Teaching is outstanding. Relationships are exemplary, expectations are high and teachers have excellent subject knowledge. They use this well to support learning and to ensure that students are well prepared for external examinations. However, on a very few occasions, the needs of all students are not fully met as they do not all have opportunities to reflect on and articulate their learning. Students have excellent attitudes to learning, and their behaviour, in and outside lessons, is exemplary. Students are very courteous and respectful towards each other and to their teachers. Harmonious relationships contribute significantly to the very positive ethos of the school and the strong sense of community. The school’s promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Governors are fully committed to the school. They have a secure and knowledgeable understanding of the school and how well it is doing. They rigorously hold senior leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s performance and ensure that arrangements for safeguarding meet statutory requirements. The sixth form is outstanding because : students’ achievement is now outstanding. Improved teaching, personalised support and strong leadership are contributing succesfully to the development and growth of the school’s sixth form provision.