St George’s School

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About St George’s School

Name St George’s School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Helen Barton
Address Sun Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4TD
Phone Number 01582765477
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Christian
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1369
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. St George's School provides an outstanding education for its students.

In 2013, the proportion of Year 11 students who achieved five or more good GCSE grades at A* to C, including English and mathematics, was well above average. A similarly high proportion of students achieved this in 2014. Students of all abilities and from all backgrounds make rapid progress in many subjects, including English and mathematics.

Achievement in mathematics is particularly strong. The vast majority of students make excellent progress and achieve high standards in all year groups. The quality of teaching is outstanding.

Teachers have high e...xpectations of all students and use assessment information effectively to make sure they are working at the highest possible level. Students behave exceptionally well in class and around the academy. They are polite, well- mannered and courteous, dress smartly and wear their uniform with pride.

Students feel safe at the academy and have a strong understanding of safety matters. The vast majority of students work hard and have outstanding attitudes to learning. They are highly motivated to achieve well.

Relationships are excellent across the whole academy. Students enjoy an exciting and stimulating curriculum. A diverse range of additional activities helps them to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding extremely well.

The headteacher's high expectations of all staff and students, shared by all leaders, are an important reason why achievement continues to be outstanding. Subject leaders are skilful in making sure that achievement, teaching and behaviour and safety are of a high standard. The governing body is highly influential in the academy's success.

Its members are knowledgeable and provide an excellent level of support and challenge. The sixth form is outstanding. Leaders have an excellent impact on achievement, teaching and behaviour.

Students make rapid progress and attain high standards at the end of Years 12 and 13.

Information about this school

The academy is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students from minority ethnic heritages is below average.

The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average.

The proportion of disadvantaged students supported through the pupil premium, which is additional funding given to schools for students in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is significantly lower than the national average. The academy meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress. The academy does not use any alternative provision for students.

A very small number of sixth form students study some courses at Sir John Lawes School and Roundwood Park School. St George's School has boarding provision. Currently there are 101 students who board at the school.

The boarding provision is inspected separately. St George's School converted to become an academy school on 1 July 2012. When its predecessor school, also called St George's School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding.

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