Wrotham School

Name Wrotham School
Website http://www.wrothamschool.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 May 2019
Address Borough Green Road, Wrotham, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7RD
Phone Number 03000658320
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 807 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.7
Academy Sponsor Divergent Partnership Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 8.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.3%
Persisitent Absence 18.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school has formed a multi-academy trust, Divergent Partnership Trust, so that it can formally work alongside other local schools, particularly those needing support. The Department for Education and the local authority are behind this arrangement. The previous headteacher is now the chief executive officer of the trust. The largest ethnic group is White British (90.7%). The school was in the lowest 20% of all schools for the proportion of girls in 2018 (43.4%).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The executive headteacher and the headteacher are passionate about improving the life chances of every pupil in the school. They aim for excellence in all aspects of school life. They have ensured that there is a culture of ambition and high expectations among staff and pupils. Senior leaders are well supported by a highly effective senior team. Leaders consistently hold staff to account for continued improvement. They support staff in aiming high in all aspects of school life. As a result, leadership at all levels is now outstanding. Governors are fully involved in setting the strategic direction of the school and they ensure that they are well informed about the different aspects of school life. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and create interesting lessons which pupils enjoy. They accurately assess pupils’ progress, and the recent changes to the assessment system ensure that pupils know what they need to improve further. Pupils’ personal development and welfare have a high priority in the school. The support provided for vulnerable pupils is impressive. The school makes a strong contribution to the personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. Pupils are polite and friendly. They behave well within lessons and around the school. Attendance has improved and is now in line with the national average. Leaders are working hard to improve the persistent absence of a small number of vulnerable pupils. The curriculum provides a good range of choice for pupils’ options in Year 8. Leaders have also invested in high-quality careers provision which supports pupils in being well informed about options to suit their career ambitions. The sixth-form students particularly value the advice and guidance provided by the careers specialists. Leaders have improved teaching at sixth-form level and extended the enrichment opportunities. Outcomes for the academic programmes have improved, and the sixth form is now good. Outcomes for disadvantaged pupils have improved and their progress is good. In some lessons, the most able pupils are not sufficiently stretched, and leaders are continuing to take swift action to address improved progress for this group.