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This is an outstanding school The headteacher and senior leaders have been instrumental in the provision of an outstanding quality of education.
Leadership throughout the school is highly effective. Staff are very enthusiastic about their teaching and promote the school's ethos of high aspirations for all. Morale is high.
Pupils achieve above average outcomes in national assessments and public examinations in key stages 1 and 4. Current pupils are making outstanding progress in the main school; this includes disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. The curriculum offers pupils clear pathways to further study....
While giving due emphasis to academic subjects, curriculum planning also enables pupils to continue with a broad range of creative and performance subjects, at least until the end of Year 9. Teachers use strong subject knowledge and skilful questioning to challenge their pupils effectively. Support for pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding.
The school's motto of 'Friendship, Excellence and Opportunity' is well embedded in the everyday life of the school. Pupils' attendance is consistently above the national average. The quality of provision in the early years is outstanding.
Children make very strong progress as a result of highly effective teaching. The sixth-form provision is good. Students are supported well to achieve their best.
A high proportion progress to university. Pupils demonstrate excellent standards of behaviour throughout the school. Their attitudes to learning and conduct are exceptional.
Pupils feel very safe and are well informed about risks and how these should be managed, both in and out of school. Governors hold leaders to account and provide effective support, for example through strong financial stewardship. However, they do not offer sharp enough challenge in the context of this school, where pupil outcomes are very strong.
There is variability in the quality of teaching and outcomes between some subjects in the sixth form.
Information about this school
This is a large all-through school serving a culturally diverse community. The primary phase of the school commenced in September 2015 with four Reception classes.
This phase of the school is expanding and currently comprises four classes in each year group up to Year 3. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is broadly in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above that found nationally.
The school is resourced for 22 pupils who have special educational needs related to physical disability, all of whom are integrated into the main school. Most pupils speak English as an additional language, although the proportion of pupils who are at the early stages of learning English is very small. A very small number of pupils attend full-time provision at alternative providers 'Elysium Healthcare' and 'Cygnet Hospital'.
The school is a member of the Seven Kings teaching school alliance which is comprised of 22 schools. The headteacher is the director of this alliance. This inspection is a section 8 deemed section 5 inspection, due to the addition of a new primary phase in 2015.