Chulmleigh Community College

Name Chulmleigh Community College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 February 2015
Address Beacon Road, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7AA
Phone Number 01769580215
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 604 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Academy Sponsor Chulmleigh Academy Trust
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 7.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Persisitent Absence 11.1%
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 this school

Chulmleigh Community College converted to become an academy school in August 2011. When its predecessor school, also known as Chulmleigh Community College, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. The academy is part of the Chulmleigh Academy Trust, with four partner primary schools. Recently, a Year 6 academy has been established, taking pupils from three of the four primary schools, to smooth the transition between the primary and secondary academies. The academy trust board of directors act as governors for each of the schools. Chulmleigh Community College is a smaller than average-sized secondary school. Most students are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disadvantaged students eligible for the pupil premium funding is below average. This is additional government funding to support students known to be eligible for free school meals and those in local authority care. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is above the national average. There are more boys than girls in each year of the academy. Significant numbers of students arrive in the academy at times other than the start of Year 7. A high proportion of these students are disadvantaged. The academy meets the government’s floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The academy currently has a very small number of students in Years 10 and 11 who spend one day each week either on work experience or in Petroc Further Education College.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The executive headteacher sets high expectations for academic excellence; as a result, students’ achievement is improving. The headteacher is prepared to take difficult decisions to achieve this ambition. Students’ attainment at the end of Year 11 is above average. Most students make at least good progress in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics. Students’ skills in reading, writing and speaking are developed well across the school. The achievement of disadvantaged students has improved to be much closer to that of other students. The achievement of boys in English has improved significantly. Teaching in a wide range of subjects is good, and particularly strong in English. Students show positive attitudes to their learning and behave well in lessons. They move around the site safely and with a sense of urgency so that they arrive at lessons promptly and ready to learn. The board of directors supports the headteacher well and provides a good balance of support and challenge to help the school improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is consistently good to ensure that all students, including the most able, make as much progress as they should. Subject leaders do not make the best use of current assessment information to challenge teachers about those students not making the progress expected.