St Thomas More Catholic School

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St Thomas More Catholic School

Name St Thomas More Catholic School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 09 October 2013
Address Croftdale Road, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 4BQ
Phone Number 01914990111
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1508 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.6
Academy Sponsor Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 8.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4%
Persisitent Absence 12.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St Thomas More is a larger than average-sized secondary school and has a large sixth form. Almost all students are White British. Proportions of students supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are all below average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for pupil premium is below average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority.) A small number of students attend vocational courses at TDR Engineering Training. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. St Thomas More Catholic School converted to become an academy in February 2012. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be outstanding.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school It provides students with high quality education, linking outstanding academic achievement to splendid personal development. An exceptionally strong Christian ethos pervades the school. The sixth form is outstanding: students do exceptionally well and reach high standards. Students of all abilities in all year groups consistently make more than expected progress in a very wide range of subjects. GCSE and A-level results are well above national averages. There is an exceptionally positive and supportive learning atmosphere throughout the school. Teaching is consistently good and very frequently outstanding. Very occasionally the pace of learning slows when teachers take too long to give explanations and instructions or do not fully hold the interest of middle- and lower-ability students, especially, boys. Students are very eager to learn and participate fully in extra-curricular activities, particularly music, drama and sport. They are justifiability proud of their school. Behaviour is almost always impeccable. Students conduct themselves in a very mature manner in class and when moving around school at breaks and lunchtimes. They are polite and helpful and really respect their teachers. The school provides a very safe setting for students’ education. Outstanding leadership and management at all levels, including the governing body, ensure that the school consistently provides high quality teaching that promotes outstanding achievement. Parental surveys reveal a high level of satisfaction with the school.