Warlingham School

Name Warlingham School
Website http://www.warlinghamschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Tithepit Shaw Lane, Warlingham, CR6 9YB
Phone Number 01883624067
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1408 (50.1% boys 49.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Academy Sponsor Tandridge Learning Trust
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 9.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.5%
Persisitent Absence 12.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 13%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (12 June 2013)
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Information about this school

Warlingham School is a larger than average-sized 11 to 18 mixed comprehensive school. It became an academy in November 2012. When its predecessor school, Warlingham School was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged good overall. The school has a specialism in business and enterprise. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and children from service families, is lower than average. There are 33 students eligible for catch-up funding, which is for Year 7 students who did not attain Level 4 in English at the end of primary school. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs and receive support through school action is lower than average. The proportion of disabled students and those on school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs, is higher than average. Most students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students who are from minority ethnic backgrounds is lower than average and the proportion who speak English as an additional language is also below average. A small number of Key Stage 4 students receive part of their education off site at East Surrey College. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students achieve well. From their starting points they make very good progress and the percentage attaining five or more GCSE A* to C grades including English and mathematics is higher than the national average. Teaching is usually good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers have high expectations and are ambitious for students’ achievement. The sixth form is good and improving. Students achieve well from starting points that are in line with national averages. The school offers students a broad and flexible range of academic and vocational subjects to study, taking into account their needs and aspirations. The school is led very well. School leaders and governors have an accurate view of the school’s effectiveness. They have worked together to bring about improvements in teaching and students’ achievement. As a result, standards continue to rise year on year. Students’ behaviour is good and there is a very positive climate for learning in lessons. Students are keen to do well and succeed. They say they feel safe and happy at school. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is supported very well and this contributes to their success. The students value and enjoy the wealth of extra-curricular and enrichment activities the school offers. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a small number of lessons, information about students’ progress is not used effectively to identify and support their individual needs. As a result, not all students make as much progress as they could, particularly those who learn most quickly. Not all teachers plan lessons that capitalise on students’ willingness to take an active part in their learning. Marking does not always give students enough guidance on how to improve their work and teachers do not always make sure students respond to the comments they make for improvement.