The Norton Knatchbull School

Name The Norton Knatchbull School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Hythe Road, Ashford, TN24 0QJ
Phone Number 01233620045
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 1238 (95.2% boys 4.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Academy Sponsor The Norton Knatchbull School
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 4.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.8%
Persistent Absence 11%
Pupils with SEN Support 1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (28 November 2012)
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Information about this school

The school converted to an academy in April 2012. It is a slightly larger than the average-size secondary school. The school caters for boys in Years 7 to 11. The sixth form is co-educational; girls make up about one fifth of the sixth form roll. The school is selective on intake in Year 7. The ability of boys on entry is in the top 25% of the Kent ability range. Around one fifth of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds; the largest group is of Nepalese heritage. A below-average proportion of students are eligible for the pupil premium. The proportion of disabled students and those supported through school action is below average. The proportion of students supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The standards achieved by students exceed the government?s current floor standard which sets the minimum expected levels for students? attainment and progress. A very small number of students attend off-site provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher reinforces high standards and drives improvement with determination, vision and ambition. Students achieve well, particularly in mathematics and science where their progress exceeds expectations. The sixth form is good. A sharp focus on monitoring achievement and attendance means that students make good progress from their starting points. Girls integrate successfully and achieve well. Governors have a good knowledge of the school. They set challenging targets and monitor the quality and impact of teaching carefully. The school is a respectful and tolerant community, in which students feel safe and behave well. They are keen to do well and they attend regularly. Teaching is good, and some is outstanding. Teachers have good subject knowledge which is clearly communicated. They value and benefit from well-managed training opportunities to improve their practice. The curriculum meets students? needs and expectations and equips them well for the future. Students take full advantage of additional opportunities to develop interests and skills, for example in sport, the arts and extra academic subjects. Music is a particular strength. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teaching is as good as the best. Some lessons do not challenge all students fully or encourage them to think deeply enough. There are too few planned opportunities across all subjects for students to develop their reading, writing and communication skills. Teachers? marking does not always provide enough detail for students to understand and act upon specific areas for improvement. The proportion of GCSE and A-level A*/A grades is not high enough in some subjects.