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This is a good school Leadership is outstanding because leaders and governors have very successfully established a school that is highly ambitious for its pupils, academically, socially and in preparing them for the world.
As the school has built up from just having a Year 7 to now having Years 7 to 12, leaders have very successfully maintained the positive ethos and community atmosphere, leading to outstanding personal development, behaviour and welfare. In the school's first year of taking external examinations, a far higher proportion of pupils than average took GCSE examinations in science, modern foreign languages and the humanities. Impressively, the results show...ed pupils, especially those who are disadvantaged, doing particularly well in these subject areas.
Overall, in 2018, pupils' progress by the end of Year 11 was in line with that of other pupils nationally. Pupils that have been part of the school since Year 7 did very well. Current pupils make increasingly better progress over their time in the school.
The excellent relationships between staff and pupils and between pupils create an extremely positive atmosphere. Pupils get on well together. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary.
Effective routines for teaching and learning have a positive impact. Teachers display very secure subject knowledge, which gives pupils confidence. The new sixth form has been created successfully.
The first small group of students are benefiting from teachers' secure A-level subject knowledge, together with a well-planned curriculum. While teaching, learning and assessment overall are good, pupils' progress is sometimes slowed because some teaching does not meet the different needs and abilities of the most or least able pupils.
Information about this school
The Reach Free School opened in September 2013.
The school currently has pupils in Year 7 to Year 12. In line with its ethos of providing a small secondary school, it remains smaller than most secondary schools. The number of pupils entering the school at times other than the usual times is high, and many pupils have joined the school after the start of Year 7.
The sixth form admitted students from September 2018. It is currently very small, but applications for September 2019 indicate a significant expansion. The majority of pupils are White British.
The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is broadly average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is below the national average.
There is one child looked after currently on roll at the school. The school does not make use of any full-time additional off-site provision for its pupils. However, three pupils spend part of their week at the Chessbrook Education Support Centre.
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