Sheldon School

What is this page?

We are, a schools information website. This page is one of our school directory pages. This is not the website of Sheldon School.

What is Locrating?

Locrating is the UK's most popular and trusted school guide; it allows you to view inspection reports, admissions data, exam results, catchment areas, league tables, school reviews, neighbourhood information, carry out school comparisons and much more. Below is some useful summary information regarding Sheldon School.

To see all our data you need to click the blue button at the bottom of this page to view Sheldon School on our interactive map.

About Sheldon School

Name Sheldon School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Peter Lynch
Address Hardenhuish Lane, Chippenham, SN14 6HJ
Phone Number 01249766020
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1640
Local Authority Wiltshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils feel part of the 'Sheldon community.'

The school has high expectations for pupils. Pupils are encouraged to be their best. As a result, there is a purposeful ethos.

The school has refined and clarified its expectations for pupils' behaviour. Both pupils and staff understand and value the impact of this. In lessons, pupils focus on their learning.

Pupils conduct themselves well during social times. The school has a large range of spaces for pupils to use. Pupils use this space well for sports, socialising, having a quiet place to sit or to run events, such as a charity cake sale.

The school has worked with parents and pupils to review how the deals with incidents of bullying or discrimination. The school community has focused on promoting equality and inclusivity. Pupils report this has caused a marked improvement.

Incidents have reduced. The school responds quickly when pupils report their concerns.

Pupils enjoy attending a range of clubs.

Many pupils participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. The school reviews and plans clubs to appeal to pupils' interests. For example, the Pokémon card club is very popular.

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

The school has developed a broad and ambitious curriculum. In the sixth form, there is a wide programme of study. Teachers have a high level of subject knowledge.

Students describe their learning as 'scholarly.' They are well prepared to take the next steps into higher education, apprenticeships or other training. The school has recently focused on deepening and refining the sequence of the curriculum.

As a result, the curriculum has become clearer about what pupils will learn and when. Even so, in a few subjects, it is not fully established.

Pupils' published outcomes are below average, having previously been in line with national outcomes.

The focus on developing the curriculum, along with higher expectations for learning, means there is a positive culture. However, the revised curriculum needs time to impact on pupil outcomes.

Teachers revisit pupils' learning to help them remember it better over time.

As a result, pupils recall their learning. For example, in modern foreign languages, pupils apply their grammatical knowledge well. Teachers check how well pupils have understood their learning.

They use this to help pupils know what they need to do next to improve. Sometimes this information is not used well to identify misconceptions pupils may have.

The school has a hearing impairment resource base.

Throughout the whole school, teachers ensure their practices are highly inclusive regardless of whether a pupil with a hearing impairment is in the classroom or not. This is the culture of the school. Teachers receive the information they need to support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils with SEND receive the right support to help them.

The school monitors and checks how well pupils can read. Pupils who need to secure their phonic knowledge, or to read with fluency, have focused lessons to help them improve.

Pupils know there is an expectation to read more widely.

Since the pandemic, the school has seen an increase in persistent absence. This is particularly high among disadvantaged pupils.

The school knows these pupils do not perform well in final examinations. Working with external support, the school has a rigorous process to tackle poor attendance. Attendance is beginning to improve.

The school plans a comprehensive personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum. Pupils learn about relationships in an age-appropriate way. In the sixth form, PSHE prepares students well for the future.

For example, they learn to manage finance. The careers programme ensures pupils receive a range of helpful guidance and advice.

Pupils relish their roles as subject ambassadors and prefects.

They contribute to shaping the school. Through 'Project 5000', sixth-form students volunteer in and out of school. Many support younger pupils as mentors.

Working with new leadership in the school, the trust has a clear knowledge of the school's priorities. The school has sometimes not worked strategically to evaluate the impact of the work they are doing. The school has put mechanisms in place to improve this.

Stakeholders are positive about the recent changes, particularly the high expectations the school has. Staff feel well supported by leaders in the school. They value the work they are doing and see how it is helping pupils to learn better over time.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few parts of the curriculum, the depth and sequencing of what pupils learn has only recently been planned with greater precision. This means it is in the early stages of being implemented.

As a result, it has not had the impact on outcomes for pupils that the school is ambitious for. The school needs to ensure the curriculum is implemented effectively across all year groups. In a minority of subjects, teachers do not act on the assessment information they have.

Although the mechanisms for checking how well pupils have understood are in place, sometimes this information is not used to identify misconceptions pupils may have. The school needs to ensure that assessment information is used effectively. ? Some areas of school leadership have worked in isolation from other areas.

This means data has not been shared intelligently between leaders to strategically inform actions. The school has recently put in systems to make this cohesive. The school needs to make sure leaders have the strategic overview and can share information knowledgably.

Also at this postcode
Stagecoach Chippenham & Melksham

  Compare to
nearby schools