Tanbridge House School

Name Tanbridge House School
Website http://www.tanbridge-house-sch.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 22 November 2012
Address Farthings Hill, Guildford Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1SR
Phone Number 01403263628
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1546 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.7
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 4.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5%
Persisitent Absence 11%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Tanbridge House School is a larger-than-average secondary school. The school has specialisms in science, mathematics, and information and communication technology (ICT). The school has been awarded the status of a UNICEF level 1 Rights Respecting School. Almost all students speak English as their first language. There are very few students from a minority ethnic heritage. A below-average proportion of students are looked after or known to be eligible for free school meals, for whom the school receives additional money known as ‘pupil premium’. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs, supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs, is above average. The most common needs relate to specific learning or behaviour, emotional and social difficulties and speech, language and communication needs. The school uses off-site provision for a few students at local colleges, including Brinsbury College and Central Sussex College. There is also provision on-site for hair and beauty and construction courses in a building known as ‘The Lodge’. The school exceeds 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 is determined in his drive to ensure that all students succeed. He sets very high standards for all members of the school community and does not settle for anything but the best. Leaders at all levels are passionate about their roles and are inspirational in their commitment to improve all aspects of the school’s work. GCSE results have gone up every year since the previous inspection; they are now well above average. This is mainly due to senior leaders’, managers’ and the governing body’s attention to detail and their consistent focus on improving teaching and giving students the confidence to achieve highly. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers plan interesting and enjoyable lessons extremely well. Lessons motivate and engage all students. Teachers know students’ abilities well and carefully adapt work so that all of them make the best possible progress. Students’ positive relationships with one another and staff generate excellent learning. Students learn enthusiastically. Students’ behaviour is outstanding and they feel extremely safe. It reflects their understanding and appreciation of the school’s promotion of rights, respect and responsibilities. Tanbridge House is a vibrant and thriving school at the centre of the local community.