Okehampton College

Name Okehampton College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 14 January 2014
Address Mill Road, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 1PW
Phone Number 01837650910
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1427
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.6
Academy Sponsor Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority 878
Percentage Free School Meals 10.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Persisitent Absence 16.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The college is larger than the average-size secondary school. It serves the town of Okehampton and the surrounding rural area. The college is a member of the Dartmoor Federation of Schools, which comprises the college and four small primary schools. The federation is overseen by a single governing body. The federation schools and the college are members of a wider cooperative educational trust which also includes other local schools. The college is a member of a Teaching School Alliance, in which local schools work together to improve the quality of their teaching. The proportion of students supported through school action is average, while the proportion who are supported through school action plus or who have statements of special educational needs is above average. Most of these students have moderate learning or behavioural difficulties, although some have more profound difficulties such as autism. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for children in local authority care, students known to be eligible for free school meals and certain other groups. The college meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The college does not use any alternative provision for the education of its students.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. All students make excellent progress from their generally below-average starting points. The proportions gaining at least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, are consistently high year on year, and in 2013 well over half of A-level entries were passed at grades A*, A or B. Students who are disabled, have special educational needs or who qualify for additional government funding all make excellent progress, with many attaining high grades in GCSE and A-level courses. Teachers have high expectations of students and plan work that stretches them. Questioning and marking are used especially well to enable students to understand how to improve their work and make rapid progress. There is little variation between subjects in the high quality of the teaching, and any differences in quality that arise are quickly spotted and rectified. Students are keen to learn and have the skills to do so quickly. They are enthusiastic about coming to the college and feel happy and safe there. Students say there is little bullying and this is confirmed by college records. A recent drive to eliminate the use of racist or homophobic language has been particularly successful. The quality of senior and middle leadership is high. Parents, students and staff comment favourably on the improvements that have taken place in recent years. The consistently high quality of teaching across all subjects demonstrates the effectiveness of middle leaders. Governors are well informed and are very effective in challenging leaders to improve. They are rightly starting to address issues such as how standards of literacy might be raised across the federation, rather than simply within individual schools. The sixth form is outstanding. Students benefit from the high quality teaching found across the school and hence their achievement on A-level and other courses is excellent.