St Bartholomew’s School

Name St Bartholomew’s School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 February 2015
Address Andover Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6JP
Phone Number 01635521255
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1811 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.9
Academy Sponsor St Bartholomew's School
Local Authority West Berkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.1%
Persisitent Absence 8.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St Bartholomew’s School is much larger than the average-sized secondary school. Most students are from White British backgrounds and the proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is well below average. The proportion of disadvantaged students, about one in 10, is below average. These students are supported by the pupil premium, which is additional funding provided for students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs is about one in 10. This is below average. The proportion of students who are eligible for the Year 7 catch-up funding, typically one in 10, is below average. This funding is provided for students who did not reach the expected standards in reading or mathematics at the end of Year 6. A very small number of students extend their education by spending part of their week in local work-experience placements. At the time of the inspection, the headteacher had been in post for just over one year. St Bartholomew’s School converted to become an academy in September 2011. When the previous school, of the same name, was last inspected in December 2009, it was judged to be good. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 11.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher is committed to ensuring that all students make the best possible progress in all aspects of their development. She is supported well in this ambition by all governors and all staff with leadership roles. They have taken strong actions that have improved the quality of teaching and students’ achievement. They are determined to raise standards further. Teaching is good across the school and supports the learning of all students. A large proportion of students gain five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics. Students make good progress in a wide range of subjects by the end of Year 11. The sixth form is good. All students make at least good progress from their different starting points. Students’ behaviour is outstanding throughout the school. Their conduct is exemplary at all times and they show a consistent desire to learn in all their lessons. Students feel safe in all parts of the school and understand how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations. The school’s provision for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. This ensures that students are well prepared to be caring and considerate citizens. Governors are highly effective and show a good understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Occasionally, work is too easy or too difficult for students, which means they do not then learn as well as they could. Disadvantaged students have not made the same rapid progress as other students. Teachers’ marking and feedback do not always indicate to students how to improve their work. Some teachers do not consistently provide students with opportunities to act upon their advice.