John Colet School

Name John Colet School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 May 2016
Address Wharf Road, Wendover, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6HF
Phone Number 01296623348
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1022 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.9
Academy Sponsor John Colet School
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized 11–18 secondary school. It is a non-selective school within the county’s selective system. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is broadly in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and those with a parent in the armed services) is well below the national average. Some pupils are eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium. A few pupils in Year 11 attend Aylesbury College to study vocational qualifications. A small number of pupils attend alternative provision at Aspire, which provides support for pupils who need additional intervention and support. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders at all levels have taken effective steps to improve teaching so that teaching is now of a high quality in the majority of subjects across the school. Disadvantaged pupils are making more progress, especially in English and mathematics, and the gaps between these and other pupils are narrowing rapidly. Governors know the school well, so they exercise useful oversight and provide an effective level of challenge to school leaders. Pupils achieve well in many subjects, especially in English and mathematics. Pupils are well behaved, respectful and well prepared for life in modern Britain. Learners in the sixth form do well. They are well supported and guided, so that more of them are now going into further education, employment or training. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils make less progress in French, design and technology, and science, although results are improving. Teachers do not promote writing effectively enough. This is especially the case with boys. Whilst teaching in key stages 4 and 5 is strong, there is some less effective teaching in key stage 3 because some teachers do not use information well to help pupils catch up. Leaders do not consistently check whether the actions they take to improve aspects of the school make a difference to pupils’ progress. The support that leaders give teachers who are new to the profession is not well developed or sufficient to help these teachers improve rapidly enough.