This school is a larger than average secondary school. A higher than average proportion of students is known to be eligible for free school meals. Most students are White British and speak English as their first language. The proportion of students who are disabled or have special educational needs is average, although the proportion of those who have a statement of special educational needs or who are supported at School Action Plus is higher than average. The school is a specialist college in technology. It also has a specialist unit for students who have autism. The school has many awards, including Healthy School status and Artsmark 2012 for the evaluation, celebration and development of quality arts education. The school meets the current government floor standard which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics.