Tewkesbury School

Name Tewkesbury School
Website http://www.tewkesburyschool.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 February 2016
Address Ashchurch Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8DF
Phone Number 01684292152
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1337 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.6
Academy Sponsor Tewkesbury School
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%
Persisitent Absence 12.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Tewkesbury School is a larger than average-sized secondary school. The current headteacher took up post in 2013. There have been many changes to the governing body since the last inspection. The school has informal links with a number of other schools, including schools in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Most students are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability who receive support is well below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability who have a statement or education, health and care plan is above average. Twelve pupils attend alternative provision at Abbey View in the centre of Tewkesbury. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 4.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has driven significant improvements in the school since the last inspection. The curriculum is designed to suit pupils with different abilities and interests, so that pupils feel well supported and able to succeed. The quality of governance has improved and has supported the headteacher in challenging underperformance. The achievement of pupils in Key Stage 4 has risen significantly in recent years as a result of better teaching and improvements in pupils’ attitudes to learning. The overall quality of teaching has improved because more is expected of pupils and they are challenged to produce their best work. Pupils are polite and considerate towards each other and staff. They behave well in lessons and around the school site. The school is friendly and welcoming, so that pupils and visitors feel comfortable and at ease around the school campus. Achievement of learners in the sixth form is rising because the director has introduced a culture of high aspiration and greater accountability. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some uninspiring teaching fails to enthuse pupils, so that their desire to take greater interest and to think more deeply is not always present. Systems to track the progress being made by pupils in Key Stage 3 are not yet fully secure. Oversight of certain areas of the school’s work by leaders and governors has not been sharp enough, which has lessened the impact of some actions. The level of persistent absence is too high. Although the school is taking action, impact has been limited.