William de Ferrers School
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Trinity Square
South Woodham Ferrers
01245 326326
11 - 18
Academy - Converter mainstream
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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This is a well-above-average sized secondary school. The school converted to academy status in April 2011. When the predecessor school, William de Ferrers School, was last inspected its overall effectiveness was judged to be good. A well-below-average proportion of students are supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and the children of service families). About one in twelve pupils in Year 7 is eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is average. A well-below-average proportion of students speak English as an additional language. Most pupils come from White British backgrounds, with the remainder coming from a range of minority ethnic groups. A very small number of students experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties attend alternative provision at the Heybridge Centre in Maldon, which is the local Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), which allows them to access the curriculum away from the school site. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The current headteacher took up his post in January 2013.

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William de Ferrers School Reviews

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“A good school”
"> I completely disagree with the previous comment. I have no amount of praise for the way in which the teachers at William De Ferrers have supported my child through her GCSEs and on into Sixth Form. She also struggled at school academically, but they guided her onto more creative subjects that gave her the ability to express herself with confidence. I have been impressed with the way that some of the teachers have given up their evenings and weekends to give additional classes. The help is there if you ask for it.
"> I was at William De Ferrers from 2004 to 2011 (including Sixth form). I found that pupils that fall behind get thrown into lower sets and forgotten. They are just left there to see out the rest of their days until they can leave and not be the schools problem any more. I spent 4 years in set 4 in Maths, Science and English. Yet through the help of a tutor (outside of the school) I managed to get 98% on my maths GCSE Foundation and walk out with a high C. The school in no way helped me to achieve this. I was left to it, and expected to fail. When I didn't the school took the credit. The school also failed to notice throughout nearly 8 years of education, that I had dyslexia and dyspraxia severely. I'm currently at University where I managed to (alone) pull my grades up with no help from teachers or tutors. I still struggle with grammar and spelling severely, despite receiving help at university I feel I am still only at a lower school grammar level. The only two good things about my experience at this school was the two teachers in the History Department, that took the time to help at A Level Classics. Mr Cooper and Mr Frankland and who in fact inspired me to become an Archaeologist. You may sit there and say well this is just one kid, they may be a different case. In fact I'm not. My brother who is in his last year at the William de Ferrers sixth form college currently, Is receiving no help from teachers, just teachers reading from notes rather than interacting with the class and he is also failing and considering dropping out to work in insurance. Also being an adult now, I understand now that this school has a huge drug problem, Even though not seen at the time, the problem goes unnoticed by school officials My education experience at this school was appalling. I wanted to learn but because I was in lower sets, I was ignored and most of the lower sets forgotten about. completely.
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