The Centre School

Name The Centre School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge, CB24 8UA
Phone Number 01954288789
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 85 (89.4% boys 10.6% girls)
Academy Sponsor Astrea Academy Trust
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 47.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 49.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

The school is located on the same site as Cottenham Village College. The two schools are federated and have a joint governing body. In September 2011 they gained academy status. The executive headteacher is the head of the Academy i.e. the two schools, the head of the Centre School is also a deputy head teacher of the Academy. There is a strong partnership between the two schools in terms of professional development and the sharing of good practice. The Centre School provides for up to 50 students across Cambridgeshire who have a statement of special educational needs mainly for their behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. At the time of the inspection there were 48 students on roll, only four of whom were girls. Students often join the school at older ages and at any time during the school year. Some have been out of school for extended periods of time. Some students in Key Stage 4 take work-related courses at The Phoenix Centre in Cambridge. The majority of students are of White British heritage. A larger proportion of students than average are known to be eligible for the pupil premium. This is additional funding provided by the government to support the achievement of particular groups of students at risk of underachieving.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The drive and commitment of the head of the Centre School, supported by the executive headteacher, governors and other senior leaders, has led to significant improvements in the quality of teaching, achievement and the behaviour of students. With the wide range of starting points in the school, all students make good progress and all students leave the school at the end of Year 11 with externally recognised qualifications. Good monitoring of teaching and professional development of staff have increased the levels of consistently good and sometimes outstanding teaching. Teachers make lessons lively and fun. They know what interests the students and build lessons around them. Individuals and groups of students make huge improvements in their behaviour because of the positive and well-ordered atmosphere throughout the whole school community. As a result of the excellent relationships, behaviour is outstanding. Students have very positive attitudes to their lessons. They work hard, are polite and look out for each other. Senior leaders know the school well and have good plans to support the school to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to enable students to make exceptional progress. A few teachers spend too long talking to the whole class instead of allowing the students to get on with tasks. Marking and feedback does not always involve the students in assessing their own progress, or give them the opportunities to improve their work.