Uffculme School

Name Uffculme School
Website http://www.uffculmeschool.net/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 12 February 2014
Address Chapel Hill, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3AG
Phone Number 01884840458
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1032 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Academy Sponsor Uffculme Academy Trust
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 5.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%
Persisitent Absence 5%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Uffculme School is an average-sized secondary school. Uffculme School converted to become an academy on 1 September 2010. When its predecessor school, also called Uffculme School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. Most students are White British. The number of students from a minority ethnic background is small and very few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs and are supported through school action is below average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, service children and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is low. Thirty students in Years 10 and 11 receive part of their educational provision at Bicton College or Exeter College. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 4. The school has recently formed a trust with its closest primary school. It is also part of a network of schools providing mutual support across several local authorities.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students make outstanding progress and achieve highly in their GCSE examinations. Results are consistently far above national averages. Students who receive the pupil premium, disabled students and those with special educational needs all make very good progress. The overwhelming majority of teaching is good or outstanding. Teachers have the highest expectations and plan lessons well to extend students’ knowledge and understanding rapidly. Behaviour is exemplary. Students are extremely polite and have excellent attitudes to learning. They feel safe and secure in a nurturing environment. The school is exceptionally well led and managed, with an inspirational headteacher who has raised the quality of teaching and increased the already high levels of achievement. All staff collaborate well to produce a harmonious learning community. Students have many opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities which help them develop into well-rounded people. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision is very strong. Students care for one another and have a strong sense of social justice. Governors are very effective in helping the school maintain its constant focus on improvement. They have made a strong contribution to raising the quality of teaching and levels of achievement.