The Thomas Aveling School
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Arethusa Road
11 - 18
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The Thomas Aveling School is a larger than average-sized, non-selective 11–18 school in an area with selective education. In September 2015, the school became joint lead school with Fort Pitt Grammar School in the Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academy Trust. There are two sponsored academies in the trust: Robert Napier School and Phoenix Junior Academy. The school is led by an executive headteacher, who is also executive headteacher of the other three schools in the trust. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium (funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for children looked after) is the same as the national average. A lower than average number of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is lower than average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is just above average but the proportion who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is lower than average. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. No pupils attend alternative provision. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Inspection report: The Thomas Aveling School, 14–15 June 2016 8 of 10 Information about this inspection Inspectors observed teaching and learning in 31 lessons, nine jointly with school leaders. The lead inspector also visited five classes with the deputy headteacher. Meetings were held with pupils and students, the executive and deputy headteachers, senior and middle leaders, newly appointed staff, the chair of the governing body and three other governors and a representative of The Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academy Trust. Inspectors looked at a range of pupils’ and students’ work, observed pupils’ behaviour in lessons, around the school and at lunchtime and talked informally with staff and pupils. Inspectors considered the views of parents, taking into account the 68 responses on Ofsted’s online parent questionnaire, Parent View. Inspectors also considered the 60 free-text question responses. Responses to the 58 online questionnaires completed by staff and 67 by pupils were also taken into account. Inspectors scrutinised a range of documents, including those associated with safeguarding, behaviour and attendance, progress information of current pupils, minutes of meetings of the governing body, the school’s evaluation of its own performance and improvement plans.

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The Thomas Aveling School Reviews

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"> If your child has additional needs, I implore you not to put your child in this school. My child who has ASD has been there for 2 years. He gets into trouble due to his vocal tics and spends most of his time in the "zone" where they put the children that they can't cope with because they, in my opinion, are not trained to do so. Don't waste your time or your child's at this school.
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