Ferndown Upper School
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BH22 9EY
13 - 19
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Ferndown Upper School is a smaller than average upper school with provision for the sixth form. The newly appointed headteacher joined the school in September 2015. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for support through the pupil premium funding is below the national average. This is additional government funding to support pupils who are eligible for free school meals and those who are in the care of the local authority. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and disability is below the national average. The proportion with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is slightly above the national average. The school is working with the leaders from Thomas Hardy School as a prospective academy sponsor. This formal partnership facilitates a core action group made up of members from both schools’ governing body and school leaders. The school receives regular support from an external consultant, commissioned by the prospective sponsor school to regularly review the school and advise the headteacher. The school works in partnership with headteachers from local middle and first schools. The school uses alternative provision for a very small number of pupils: Christchurch Learning Centre, The Forum Centre and The Virtual School. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Inspection report: Ferndown Upper School, 11–12 May 2016 7 of 9 Information about this inspection Inspectors observed lessons and looked at pupils’ work across a wide range of subjects and year groups. Many of the lessons were observed jointly with school leaders. Inspectors also observed tutorial sessions. Discussions took place with the headteacher, a representative from the local authority, an external consultant, headteachers from local schools in the partnership, other school leaders, various members of staff and four governors, including the chair of the governing body. Inspectors scrutinised a wide range of documentation including the school’s self-evaluation and improvement plan, minutes of meetings, external reviews and reports, records of leaders’ monitoring of the quality of teaching, assessment and tracking information for current pupils, case studies and behaviour and attendance data. Inspectors reviewed safeguarding records, policies and procedures and spoke to the local authority designated safeguarding officer. Inspectors spoke to many pupils from all year groups about their experience at the school. During lessons inspectors looked carefully at the quality of pupils’ work, and the accuracy of the school’s assessment information. Inspectors took into account the 89 responses from the Parent View (Ofsted’s online survey), and the 62 responses from the staff questionnaire. The school does not meet the requirements for the publication of information about the school’s key stage 4 results on the school website. Specific information about the percentage of pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate and the percentage of pupils who achieved at least the minimum expected levels of progress in English and mathematics between key stage 2 and key stage 4 was not available.

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