|Name||Bennett Memorial Diocesan School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||27 June 2012|
|Address||Culverden Down, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9SH|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||1634 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.2|
|Academy Sponsor||The Tenax Schools Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||3.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||5.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
This large and oversubscribed Church of England school converted to academy status in April 2011. Most students are from White British backgrounds. Approximately 9% of students are from minority ethnic groups. Few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school is well above the government’s current floor standard which sets the minimum expectations set for students’ attainment and progress.
This outstanding school and sixth form is a highly inclusive community where every individual student is valued and cared for with dedication. Its strong Christian ethos is pervasive and underpins the central belief that every student can achieve success. In this very supportive environment, students are highly motivated and develop into confident, conscientious young people who are well prepared for their future lives. Students make rapid progress to reach high standards of attainment that have been sustained over time. Overall, teaching is highly effective, including in the sixth form. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and lessons are characterised by a range of carefully selected activities that accelerate and deepen learning. Rightly, ambitious leaders are intent on sharing the very best practice to increase the proportion of outstanding teaching further. Students’ exemplary behaviour and high attendance are underpinned by the warm and positive relationships throughout the school. Students are polite, well-meaning and thoughtful. They appreciate how their attitudes contribute to their success and value the high quality support that they receive. As learners they respond to challenge with enthusiasm showing resilience and perseverance. Most have a strong commitment to making a positive contribution and realising their potential both academically and personally. High quality leadership ensures that high expectations prevail. Staff are proud to be part of the school. They welcome the challenge and support provided by the robust arrangements for performance management. Leaders at all levels strive successfully for continuous improvement, especially in relation to teaching. The combination of positive student attitudes and the rich curricular offer ensure that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development provided is outstanding.