Ken Stimpson Community School


Name Ken Stimpson Community School
Website http://www.kscs.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 April 2016
Address Staniland Way, Werrington, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE4 6JT
Phone Number 01733765950
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 995 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.5
Percentage Free School Meals 15.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.9%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school. A higher-than-average proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic groups and speak English as an additional language. About half the pupils are White British. Other pupils come from a wide range of heritages, with pupils from Any other White backgrounds being the largest group. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is just above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress by the end of Year 11. Pupils’ mobility is high. A much-larger-than-average proportion of pupils enter or leave the school other than at normal times. Many of these pupils who enter the school midway through the year do not speak English. At the time of this inspection, there were 13 pupils in Year 11 attending Peterborough College for one morning a week as part of their construction studies and nine attending Stanground Academy for a course in hair and beauty. The school is part of a sixth-form partnership with Voyager Academy.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal and governing body have an uncompromising drive to improve the opportunities for all pupils. Decisive leadership has resulted in the school successfully addressing the issues from the previous inspection. There has been rapid improvement in the progress being made by current pupils in a wide range of subjects compared with that in previously published key stage 4 results. Pupils are making good progress in a range of subjects including English and mathematics. Teachers consistently apply the school’s marking policy. As a result of precise feedback, pupils are able to improve their work in order to make good progress. Pupils’ behaviour around the school is impressive. They mix well and move around the school in an orderly and calm manner. Pupils feel safe in school. The school’s actions to keep pupils safe are robust. The school is fully inclusive. Pupils who require support managing their behaviour or to improve their attendance receive highly effective help from the pupils’ support team. Attendance is above average. The sixth form is well led and managed. Expectations of students are high and as a result outcomes are improving. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Progress in science is not as rapid as it is in other subjects due to some inconsistency in the quality of teaching, especially in key stage 3. Not all teachers have high enough expectations of pupils’ written work. In a few lessons, a small number of pupils can cause low-level disruption.