Sir Thomas Rich's School
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Sir Thomas Rich's School is oversubscribed. The main school is smaller than average but it has a large sixth form. Girls make up about 30% of the sixth form students. The school has specialist language and science status. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds at the school is higher than in the local population. The proportion of students identified as having additional learning needs is below average Key for inspection grades Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Outstanding Good Satisfactory Inadequate Inspection Report: Sir Thomas Rich's School, 21–22 March 2007 4 of 12 Overall effectiveness of the school Grade: 1 Sir Thomas Rich's is an outstanding school. Students make excellent progress, and have significantly higher than average attainment at each key stage. Almost all students complete their A-level courses and progress to university. Students' personal development and well-being are outstanding. Students show courtesy and respect to one another, staff and visitors. As they progress through the school, students develop excellent study and life skills. They are articulate, confident and well rounded individuals due to the many opportunities available to them. Students willingly immerse themselves in the rich diversity of extra-curricular activities provided at school. They enjoy learning and attendance rates are extremely high. Students make an excellent contribution, through school councils and other activities, to the life of the school and also to the wider community. Social responsibility and charitable works feature prominently at school. Students support the education of less fortunate children overseas and sixth formers work with children at a local school. Students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very good. Safe practices are carefully adhered to by students in lessons and around the school. Students have good knowledge of healthy lifestyles and participate in a large range of sports with great enthusiasm. Students' learning is outstanding because of the highly effective teaching they receive. Students are very keen to do well. They know the target grades they are working towards and what they need to do to improve their performance and be successful. Students listen attentively in lessons and ask teachers searching questions which are answered fully and clearly. New or specialist vocabulary, concepts and topics are introduced effectively. Good questioning techniques are used to confirm understanding and help students to critically analyse complex topics. The school is aware that occasionally lessons do not fully challenge students. The curriculum and other activities are outstanding. Students receive a broad education in the main school and have a good choice of subjects in the sixth form. Many students take extra GCSEs or some qualifications earlier than normal. The extensive range and high take-up of enrichment activities undoubtedly enhance students' learning and experience of life. Students receive outstanding support both with their academic studies and with any personal problems. Staff are approachable and provide support whenever it is needed. Students' academic progress is very closely monitored and fully reviewed every six weeks. Students are almost always clear about how to proceed and what they must do to improve their performance further. Leadership and management throughout the school are outstanding. A clear sense of purpose is espoused by all staff and managers. Governance is strong. A real strength of the school is the highly effective self-evaluation and monitoring of its performance. Effective actions to address identified issues are put in place promptly. Equality of opportunity is promoted very effectively and this results in a harmonious and well integrated school population.

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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