Tring School

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About Tring School

Name Tring School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Sally Ambrose
Address Mortimer Hill, Tring, HP23 5JD
Phone Number 01442822303
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1540
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Tring School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils and students are safe and happy here. Although large in number, everyone works well together to build a strong sense of community. While there are occasional moments of over-exuberance in the corridors and around the expansive school site, things rarely get out of hand.

When they do, adults address inappropriate behaviours swiftly. Most pupils have confidence in adults' resolution of disagreements and of the rare incidences of bullying that occur.

There are high expectations at the school, including for the standards pupils and students should achieve in their examinations.

M...ost pupils do very well, although there is still some way to go in the numbers taking and passing the full English Baccalaureate (EBacc) suite of GCSEs.

Provision for personal development is strong, including for students in the sixth form. Opportunities abound to participate in musical and dramatic performances, in addition to the sports clubs on offer.

Wider afield, the school also provides opportunities for participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme and the World Challenge. Pupils and students are able to show leadership, and this does much to build confidence. Tring is a school where everyone is made to feel welcome and can be themselves, whatever their background or personal situation.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The curriculum offered in the main school and in the sixth form is broad and well organised. Subject planning sets out clearly what is to be taught and learned. These plans are followed precisely.

Leaders monitor the quality of provision in individual subjects and take swift action where it is needed.

Pupils and students achieve well in examinations because they have secure subject knowledge. Typically, teaching breaks learning down into manageable and memorable chunks and tasks.

Time is then allowed for pupils and students to practise and to master key skills and knowledge. Skilful questioning helps teachers to understand whether important learning has been fully grasped. They provide extra practise for those who need it.

The school is at the forefront of online learning. All pupils have exclusive use of their own laptop. This proved particularly beneficial during the COVID-19 lockdowns, when learning was able to continue immediately and without interruption because of the strong systems already in place.

These approaches support access to the curriculum and learning for all pupils and students, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The needs of pupils with SEND are accurately identified. Appropriate specialist support is put in place, when required.

If this is not readily available from outside agencies, leaders proactively seek out alternative arrangements. The school makes effective provision for pupils who struggle to read.

Beyond the classroom, pupils and students are offered a range of opportunities to broaden their knowledge and experience.

However, in a few subjects, leaders do not extend and deepen pupils' cultural knowledge as much as they might – for example, beyond the requirements of an examination specification. Leaders have revised the curriculum offer in modern foreign languages in Years 7 to 9. However, the proportion of pupils taking and achieving the range of GCSEs that make up the EBacc remains significantly short of the government's ambition.

Typically, pupils' and students' behaviour in lessons is strong. They demonstrate commendable attitudes to learning. Working relationships with adults are extremely positive.

This plays an important part in making teaching and learning effective. While occasional misbehaviour around the school buildings does not make pupils feel unsafe, it makes some feel uncomfortable.

Provision for pupils' and students' wider development is strong, including in sex and relationships education, where they gain a very mature and well-informed, age-related understanding of risks and responsibilities.

The school's work on inclusion and diversity is particularly noteworthy. This includes the student diversity group, which has worked effectively to increase awareness and promote understanding among their peers and with staff. The organisation of pastoral support through tutors and house staff means that every pupil and student is known individually.

Trustees and governors are knowledgeable and experienced. They have a good understanding of the school's strengths and areas for development. Staff are appreciative of leaders' consideration of their workload.

While most parents are supportive of the school, some would like more detailed information around the progress their children are making. Others would welcome better communication about SEND or about issues in staffing and the curriculum that affect their child. While all necessary information is available to parents on the trust and school websites, it is not always easy to locate or access.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

All required staff recruitment checks are made and recorded accurately. Any allegations made are handled swiftly and appropriately.

Training for safeguarding leaders and for staff generally is regular, reflecting up-to-date government guidance. Staff have sound knowledge of the signs of concern. They know what to do and how to report concerns when they have them.

Pupils and students also have good knowledge of how to report concerns and access help when required. They have confidence in the support and help offered by adults at the school. Where necessary, leaders are quick to refer concerns to, and seek support from, external agencies and bodies.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Although changes have been made to modern foreign languages provision in Years 7 to 9, the number of pupils taking and passing examinations in these subjects remains too low. Consequently, the number of pupils obtaining good grades in the EBacc subjects is not as high as it should be. Leaders should continue to develop provision for modern foreign languages so that significantly more pupils take and pass examinations in these subjects.

• Although the school provides a broad curriculum and a good range of enrichment activities, pupils' and students' cultural knowledge is not always deepened as much as it might be. Senior leaders should work with subject leaders to identify how and where teaching might extend pupils' and students' knowledge, to enhance their understanding. ? Some parents told inspectors that they needed more information about teaching and the curriculum, including around SEND and how pupils' progress is reported.

Additionally, while all necessary policies and information are available to parents, these are not always easy to access. In partnership with trustees and with parents, leaders should review the school's methods and strategies for communication so that parents gain a better understanding of their children's education.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually, this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour, or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in November 2017.

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