|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||30 April 2013|
|Address||Hardenhuish Lane, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6RJ|
|Number of Pupils||1474 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.0|
|Percentage Free School Meals||4.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.3%|
Information about this school
Hardenhuish School is a larger-than-average academy. Hardenhuish School converted to become an academy school on 1 September 2010. When its predecessor school, Hardenhuish Secondary School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be outstanding. The majority of students are of White British heritage and speak English as their home language. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those with a parent in the armed services) is below average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is also below average. A very small number of sixth form students attend collaborative provision at Sheldon Secondary School. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The headteacher, other senior leaders and the governing body have a clear vision for the school and high ambitions for the students. They have implemented effective initiatives to improve the quality of teaching which are already having a positive impact on students’ learning. The percentage of students achieving five or more grade A* to C GCSEs, including English and mathematics, has been consistently above average over the past few years. In the best teaching, teachers plan lessons that enable students to become actively engaged in their learning, encouraging high levels of independence and challenge. The sixth form is good. It offers a wide range of courses, and attainment results at AS Level and A level have been consistently above average. Students’ behaviour, both in lessons and around the large school site, is good and students feel safe. Staff and students treat each other with respect and are proud of their school community. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Progress for a very small number of students, particularly those eligible for the pupil premium, is below average. Leaders have not always checked the progress of these students closely enough to identify what support is needed, or to measure the impact of any support that is given. Some activities for less-able students are either too challenging or not sufficiently interesting to engage them and make sure that they make rapid progress in their learning. Marking does not always show students how to improve their work.