Oathall Community College

Name Oathall Community College
Website http://www.oathall.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 October 2013
Address Appledore Gardens, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 2AQ
Phone Number 01444414001
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1014 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.4
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 7.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.9%
Persisitent Absence 14.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a secondary school of marginally below-average size. A very small proportion of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The largest groups represented are of Asian heritage. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for looked-after children, students known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families) is below average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the Year 7 ‘catch-up premium’ is below average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school uses alternative provision at the West Sussex Alternative Provision College for students at risk of exclusion, as well as Central Sussex College and Chichester College for work-related courses.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students make good progress and this increases as they mature through the school. As a result, achievement is good. Teaching in the majority of lessons is at least good and improving. Students behave well around the school. Their conduct, manners and punctuality are good. They are courteous to adults, welcoming to visitors and respectful of one another. Students say they feel safe at school and have a good understanding of how to stay safe. The headteacher, the senior leadership team and the governing body have a clear vision for the direction of the school. Their actions have brought about improvements to standards of teaching and students’ achievement and they have the ambition to take them to the very highest levels. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not all well planned and teachers do not consistently provide written feedback to students about the next steps in their learning. Some students, including the more vulnerable and those with special educational needs, do not always attend school regularly. Some subject leaders do not always specify weaknesses in marking and assessment when checking other teachers’ work.