The Cherwell School

Name The Cherwell School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 29 January 2008
Address Marston Ferry Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7EE
Phone Number 01865558719
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 2001 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18
Academy Sponsor River Learning Trust
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26.1%
Persisitent Absence 12.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Description of the school

The Cherwell School is a large oversubscribed mixed comprehensive school serving a wide-ranging community in North Oxford. It has a large sixth form which admits a substantial number of external students in Year 12. It became an 11-18 school in 2003 following local reorganisation and has a split site. In the same year the school became a specialist science college. Although students are from above average socio-economic backgrounds, including those occupations associated with the universities in the city, a significant number are from less advantaged backgrounds and eligibility for free school meals is in line with the national average. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is higher than the national average and the percentage of students who have English as an additional language is also higher. The number of students who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) is about average but the percentage of students with statements of special educational need is higher. There are units on site for students with hearing impairment and students with autism. Key for inspection grades Grade 1 Outstanding Grade 2 Good Grade 3 Satisfactory Grade 4 Inadequate