Richard Lander School

Name Richard Lander School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 March 2015
Address Higher Besore Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6LT
Phone Number 01872273750
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1440 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.7
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 8.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Persisitent Absence 10.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Richard Lander School is larger than the average-sized secondary school for students between the ages of 11 and 16. Most students move to the school from 10 local primary schools. There is very close working between Richard Lander School and these local primary schools. This includes sports, literacy and numeracy activities, modern foreign languages and expressive arts. The school has a local authority resource known as ‘The ARK’ for disabled students and those who have complex and severe learning difficulties. This resource provision has 15 places and is currently full. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs is above the national average. Almost all students are of White British heritage. Very few students do not speak English as their first language. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is about a sixth of the students on roll, which is below the national average. This is additional funding to support students eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. In Years 7 and 8, about a seventh of students benefit from additional help in mathematics and English, funded by the government’s catch-up premium. The school has extensive facilities for sports and these are used by the local community after school hours. The school currently has International Schools status, Artsmark Gold status, Sportsmark status, Dyslexia Friendly status and the Education Business Excellence award. It also has Specialist Technology status. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. A small number of Key Stage 4 students are educated off site for part of the week at Truro College or Duchy College, Rosewarne. Currently a few students are educated full time at Glynn House in Truro which is a Pupil Referral Unit.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school is well led by the headteacher and senior teachers. The governing body provides the school’s leaders with appropriate challenge and support to ensure that there is a drive for improvement. There has been a strong focus to maintain the good quality of teaching. This ensures that students typically achieve well, particularly in mathematics, science, modern foreign languages and history. The middle leadership of the school has been systematically strengthened; they share the high ambitions of the senior leaders. The school’s range of subjects taught is broad and balanced and offers an opportunity to gain a wide range of qualifications. Most students achieve well in English. Students gain the highest GCSE grades (A* and A) across a wide range of subjects, including mathematics, humanities, science and arts subjects. ‘The Ark’ resource provision is very effective in helping disabled students and those who have complex and severe learning difficulties to make progress. Provision for disabled students and those with special educational needs is exceptionally good and they make very good progress from their starting points. Disadvantaged students receive tailored support so they make good progress as a result. The conduct and behaviour of students is good and they are keen to do well. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. The promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptionally good. As a result, the school is highly inclusive and there is a very strong community spirit. The school offers a huge range of extra-curricular activities, including expressive arts, sports and physical education. Students make visits to a range of places, including France, Spain, the USA and Africa. The annual activities week offers students the chance to experience a wide range of events. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teaching does not always ensure that students have tasks that match their abilities. This means some make less progress than they should. Teaching does not always ensure that students’ work is systematically checked to see if they improve their work. Students are not always confident to tackle class-based activities on their own. Some disadvantaged students make less progress than they should.