|Name||St Gregory’s Catholic School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Inspection Date||15 October 2013|
|Address||Reynolds Lane, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9XL|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||1276 (56% boys 44% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.6|
|Academy Sponsor||Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership|
|Percentage Free School Meals||6.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||17.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||4.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is an average-sized secondary school. There are more boys than girls. About four out of five students are White British with the remaining students being of other White backgrounds or from minority ethnic groups. A close-to-average proportion of students speak English as an additional language, of whom a small number are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The most common needs relate to hearing impairment and autistic spectrum disorders. The school has a specially resourced provision for up to 15 hearing impaired students. A low proportion, under 100 students, is eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for specific groups including looked after children, students known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families. The school has a very small number of looked after children and no children of service families. About 30 students are eligible for Year 7 catch-up funding, which is for students who did not achieve the expected Level 4 in English or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. A small number of Key Stage 4 students attend alternative, off-site educational provision full time and about 20 students attend one day a week at either K College (construction, catering, motor vehicle and hairdressing), Hadlow College (animal management) or the Better Life in South Borough (BLIS) Café (Princes Trust). The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school holds a British Council International School award.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Achievement is outstanding because students make excellent progress and attain consistently above average GCSE results, especially in English, mathematics and science. The sixth form is outstanding. With high-quality teaching and guidance, students gain the qualifications they need to proceed to further or higher education. At the same time they mature into thoughtful young adults, prepared to help others in the future. The headteacher moved the school into a higher gear by significantly improving the quality of teaching. This led to far higher standards in 2011 which have continued to improve – more top GCSE grades in 2013, for example. Governors, senior and middle leaders and managers work together to support staff so that they can continually reflect and develop their practice. The harmonious and happy atmosphere around the school reflects how well all staff promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Teaching is outstanding with examples of exemplary practice in all subject areas and all years. Students learn extremely well because : enthusiastic teachers give them stimulating tasks, well-structured paths towards understanding and clear guidance on how to improve their work. Students’ behaviour is outstanding, in lessons and around the school. They are polite, considerate, and welcoming to visitors. They all get on well together and have excellent, respectful relationships with staff. All students, especially those with particular physical or learning needs, receive sensitive, practical and effective care and support to help them enjoy school life and succeed. All students feel safe and secure. Numerous, successful activities in the community benefit the school’s students as much as they do primary school pupils and adults in the local area. Many students value the fact that students of all faiths or none are welcomed into the community.