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Castlewood Road
New Barnet
11 - 19
Voluntary aided school
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The school is currently larger than the average-sized secondary school and it expects to reach full capacity in September 2016. The school is still growing and is heavily oversubscribed. If the projected roll of 1,310 is reached, the number on roll will be well above the national average. The sixth form opened in September 2012 with a small cohort of learners. In September 2015, the first full cohort of 154 learners entered the sixth form. Since the previous inspection, the appointments of all key staff correspond with the growth of the school. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is high, as is the proportion of pupils with special educational needs support. The school has dedicated additional resource unit, Pears Special Resource Provision (PSRP), which provides additional support for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder. The provision provides support for up to seven pupils per year group. Currently, 40 pupils are on roll and when full to capacity the school expects to have 49 pupils in the provision. The proportion of pupils who are from a minority ethnic heritage is below average. The largest groups are from any other White background and from mixed heritage. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. A below average proportion of pupils is known to be eligible for the additional government funding provided for pupils eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The school exceeds the government‟s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils‟ attainment and progress. The school has science specialist status and has gained various awards, including Investors in People. Inspection report: Jewish Community Secondary School, 1–2 December 2015 8 of 10 Information about this inspection The inspection was converted from a Section 8 short inspection to a full Section 5 over two days. The inspectors observed 49 parts of lessons. They also carried out very short visits to a number of lessons, which included scrutinising the quality of pupils‟ work. These activities were carried out jointly with the senior and/or middle leaders. Meetings were held with the headteacher and other members of the senior and middle leadership team who hold specific responsibilities, and with the Chair of the Governing Body. Five groups of pupils, including the school council, were interviewed. All represented different groups of the pupil body. Telephone conversations were held with the local pupil referral unit which works with the school to provide alternative provision for pupils, and with a representative of the local authority. The inspection team considered 242 responses to the online questionnaire, Parent View, including 167 free-text written responses. A meeting was held with a few parents who shared their views about the school‟s provision and effectiveness on the first day of the inspection. The inspectors also took into consideration two telephone conversations with parents. They also took into account 123 responses from staff who completed the questionnaire. The inspectors looked closely at the school‟s work, and looked at a wide range of documentation. This included, for example, the school‟s self-evaluation and development plan, assessment information on pupils‟ progress; information relating to safeguarding, attendance and behaviour; records of governors‟ work in the school; and information on the curriculum. They also scrutinised a range of documents on leaders‟ monitoring and evaluation of the school‟s work, including links with external providers.

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