The Marlborough Church of England School

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About The Marlborough Church of England School

Name The Marlborough Church of England School
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Principal Andrew Hanlon
Address Shipton Road, Woodstock, OX20 1LP
Phone Number 01993811431
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1054 (49.4% boys 50.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.7
Academy Sponsor River Learning Trust
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have established an ethos of high aspirations. They ensure that pupils benefit from a well-rounded education at the school. Pupils make good progress in most subjects.

Where outcomes have not been as strong in the past, for example in mathematics, progress is accelerating because of more effective teaching. The progress of disadvantaged pupils currently in the school is improving, although it is not yet at the level of other pupils with similar starting points. Leaders and teachers now pay more attention to these pupils' needs.

Good teaching successfully promotes pupils' interest, involvement and motivation in lessons. Teachers us...e their strong subject knowledge to plan lessons effectively. Pupils receive helpful feedback, which they use well to improve their work.

Teachers do not always challenge the most able pupils effectively. These pupils are sometimes given too much routine work, rather than tasks which stretch them. Leaders make careful checks on the quality of teaching and on the progress that pupils make, although this is weaker in the sixth form.

Several new appointments have strengthened leadership. Middle leaders are making an increasingly effective contribution to raising standards. Most pupils attend school regularly, although there is a small minority whose attendance needs to be improved.

Pupils have a positive attitude to learning. They conduct themselves well in lessons and around the school. They are confident, polite and courteous to one another and to staff.

The curriculum and wider provision promote pupil's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very well. Safeguarding and child protection procedures are well thought through and effective. Parents and carers agree that pupils' safety and welfare have the highest priority.

Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and who attend the Ormerod Centre, receive very effective support to enable them to attend mainstream classes and learn well. Governors carry out their duties diligently and have a good understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses. They provide effective challenge to leaders.

The progress of students following A-level courses in the sixth form is below the national average. Leaders' actions are not yet bringing about improvement.

Information about this school

The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below that found nationally.

The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is similar to that found nationally. The principal was not in post at the time of the last inspection. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress.

The school has specially resourced provision for students with special educational needs relating to a broad range of complex learning, behavioural and life-limiting disabilities. This is called the Ormerod Resource Base and currently has 25 students who are taught within the base and, where possible, in mainstream classes across the school. All of these students have a statement of special educational needs.

The base is funded by the local authority. Two pupils currently attend the Gateway alternative provision. The school is joining the River Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust, in 2018.