Tomlinscote School

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Tomlinscote Way
GU16 8PY
11 - 18
Academy - Converter mainstream
4 1 1 2 3 4
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school. It has an allocation of up to 15 students with a statement of special educational needs in the Speech, Language and Communication Specialist Provision. Students in the Specialist Provision receive specialist teaching, but are mostly supported in mainstream lessons. Otherwise, the proportion of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average, as is that speaking English as an additional language. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is low. The school has been a specialist language college since 1996 and gained an additional specialism for applied learning in 2009. It is a member of the Surrey Heath Partnership for Education (SHAPE), in addition to the Surrey Heath Confederation of primary and secondary schools. Linked to the school's specialist status of applied learning, a building is nearing completion on the school site to increase access to vocational provision within SHAPE. In April 2010, the school entered a federation with a local school to provide support for that school's development. The headteacher became the executive head of both schools and a head of school was appointed to Tomlinscote in September 2010 to manage the school on a day-to-day basis. The current executive head retires at the end of the academic year and his successor has been appointed. Shortly before the inspection, the local authority began a consultation for the future organisation of secondary education in Surrey Heath which includes the possible expansion of Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College on the closure of the other school in the federation. The implications of this issue do not form part of the inspection.

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“Ofsted - please do a new inspection of this school”
"> I am a parent and, although I think this is a good school, after the new head teacher joined the school has, in my opinion, dropped behind in key factors. A lot and my friends that have their own sons and daughters attending this school agree. I therefore request another inspection of this school which I think is only right after the change of head teacher.
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