The Stanway School

Name The Stanway School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 May 2013
Address Winstree Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0QA
Phone Number 01206575488
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1267 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.8
Academy Sponsor The Sigma Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 7.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.7%
Persisitent Absence 8.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The Stanway School is larger than the average sized secondary school. Students are taught in five year groups and are placed in ability groups in most subjects. The vast majority of students are White British. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides funding for children in the care of the local authority and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is well below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average, the proportion receiving support at school action plus and those who have a statement of special educational needs, is broadly average. The headteacher operates as the executive headteacher of the Stanway Federation Trust in addition to serving as the headteacher of Stanway School. There are a small number of students who receive alternative provision at The Colchester Institute. The Stanway School became an academy school on 1st March 2012. When the predecessor school, The Stanway School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be good. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum level expected for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students achieve well in comparison to schools nationally in English and overall, and do particularly well in mathematics. Teaching is consistently strong and is continuing to improve rapidly. Behaviour is good. Students feel safe, behave responsibly and show positive attitudes to learning because of the high expectations the school has of them. Systems for monitoring and improving learning are highly effective. Leaders, managers and governors have worked effectively to improve the progress of students by ensuring that those who have fallen behind are given the help they need to get back on track. Good training opportunities have been provided which have improved teaching and ensured teachers perform at a consistently good standard. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Students do not achieve as highly in science as they do in other subjects. Too few lessons in science are good or outstanding because teachers do not consistently check that students have understood what they are being taught in the lesson. Teachers do not always check that the guidance they provide in marking is acted upon by students. Leaders do not always identify areas for improvement clearly enough in improvement plans.