|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||13 September 2012|
|Address||Hardings Lane, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4QP|
|Number of Pupils||1736 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.0|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.4%|
Information about this school
Gillingham School is a larger than average secondary school. Nearly all students are White British. The proportion of students whose first language is not English is well below average. The proportion of students at school action and the proportion supported by school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below that found in most schools. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 4.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Students’ attainment at the end of Year 11 is above average. Given their starting points, students make good progress in their learning between Years 7 and 11. In some subjects, such as English and humanities, their achievement is outstanding. Much of the teaching in the school is good and some is outstanding. The excellent behaviour of students makes a significant contribution to a harmonious school community. Students are extremely well cared for. As a result, they feel very safe and report that incidents of bullying are extremely rare. The high expectations of senior leaders and governors are evident in the challenging targets set for students. The management of performance is rigorous. Targeted professional development is being used to drive improvement in teaching and students’ achievement. Systems of monitoring and evaluation by school leaders and governors are robust and a clear plan is in place to drive improvement. The sixth form is good. Students are taught well and make good progress, attaining above average standards. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching is not consistently strong enough over time across all subjects for it to be judged outstanding. Students are not making rapid and sustained progress in some subjects, including mathematics. In science, the progress made by students is not yet good.