Thurstable School Sports College and Sixth Form Centre

About Thurstable School Sports College and Sixth Form Centre Browse Features

Thurstable School Sports College and Sixth Form Centre


Name Thurstable School Sports College and Sixth Form Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 April 2016
Address Maypole Road, Tiptree, Colchester, CO5 0EW
Phone Number 01621816526
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1190 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Academy Sponsor Thurstable School Sports College And Sixth Form Centre
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 8.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.5%
Persisitent Absence 15.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Thurstable School Sports College and Sixth Form Centre is a larger than average-sized secondary school Most pupils are from White British backgrounds and speak English as their first language. The number of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average. The proportions of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after) is below average. The proportion of pupils who have special education needs or disability is below average. A small number of pupils attend work-related courses at a small range of registered providers locally.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and governors have established a clear vision around the motto ‘achieve more, belong more, be more’. The school has attained increasingly high standards in many areas. The headteacher, supported well by the deputy headteacher and senior team, has been successful in improving the quality of teaching and middle leadership. Teaching is good. Most teachers have strong subject knowledge, use questions skilfully and make thorough use of assessment to plan effectively. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs or disability make very good progress in most areas because they are taught effectively. Leaders and staff provide excellent pastoral care which goes above and beyond. Consequently, personal development and welfare is outstanding. The curriculum is created to meet the specific needs of each pupil. It supports very well the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The sixth form is good. Learners are achieving well from their starting points. They are supported by all staff through good-quality teaching, welfare and careers guidance. As a result, they are moving on to appropriate next stages in their education or employment. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teaching does not help the most-able pupils to achieve top grades. Despite good support by the school, a small number of pupils are too reliant on staff to know how to behave. Not enough learners in the sixth form use their personal study time effectively. Governors do not question sixth-form information as thoroughly as they do in other areas of the school’s performance.