|Name||The Judd School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Brook Street, Tonbridge, TN9 2PN|
|Number of Pupils||1317 (88.8% boys 11.2% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||9.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||2.4%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 May 2015)
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Information about this school
The Judd School is a voluntary aided school supported by the Skinners’ Company. It is an average-sized 11 to 18, boys’ selective school, with approximately 50 girls joining each year in the sixth form. The school advertises specialisms in music and English and science and mathematics. The majority of students are White British, with smaller numbers of Indian and Other White students. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is above the national average and those who speak English as an additional language is in line with the national average. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium is well below the national average. Pupil premium is additional funding for those students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after. There are no students eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is below the national average. One student attends an off-site local authority provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The headteacher is highly committed to providing an outstanding education for all students. His vision, summed up in the motto, ‘Learn. Serve. Lead’, permeates the school. Other senior managers share his very high expectations and work well together to ensure that students achieve their potential, serve the community and develop their leadership skills. Governors are highly skilled and very well informed about the school. They are knowledgeable about performance management and pupil premium funding. Their support and challenge ensure that the school is focused on continual improvement. The school’s history and traditions contribute very strongly to the sense of community. Staff and students are extremely proud to be part of the school. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted exceptionally well across the school. This actively encourages students’ pastoral and academic achievements, and ensures that students are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Students’ safety is a very high priority across the school. Health and safety arrangements have been thoroughly overhauled. Students confirm that they feel very safe in the school. Parents agree. The wide range of subjects studied are at the right level for all students. In addition to an extensive variety of academic courses, there are many additional extra-curricular activities. The provision is highly effective in broadening There is a strong focus on promoting literacy in other subjects. Students are encouraged to read and the library is a welcoming place. Numeracy skills are supported well in science and economics. Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is excellent. Students show high levels of respect for staff and each other. Their attitudes to learning are excellent. This contributes greatly to their outstanding progress. Teachers have very high expectations of their students. They have excellent knowledge, both of their subject and of the way students will be assessed in external examinations. They enjoy positive and productive relationships with their students. All students and groups of students achieve exceptionally well. They make excellent progress from their favourable starting points. Attainment and progress are exceptionally high across all subjects. Disadvantaged students, disabled students and those who have special educational needs make excellent progress because of the individual support and attention which they receive. The most-able students make outstanding progress because of the additional challenge offered in lessons as well as their participation in competitions and extra-curricular activities outside of lessons. The sixth form is outstanding. Sixth form students achieve very well in their examinations. They make an important contribution to the life of the school. They are ambitious, determined and highly confident. They are exceptionally well prepared for, and highly successful in, their next steps in students’ knowledge and raising their aspirations. education, training or employment.