Chatham Grammar School for Boys converted to become an academy in April 2011. It is average-sized, with a large, mixed sixth form. About half of the sixth form is made up of students
who join at the end of Year 11 from other schools in the area. Girls make up a third of the sixth form.
When it was last fully inspected in June 2013, the academy was judged to require special measures.
Teaching, behaviour and safety, and achievement were judged to require improvement, with leadership
judged as inadequate.
The academy acquired sponsors with effect from October 2013 and is now part of the Thinking School's
Academy Trust (TSAT).
In September 2013, an Executive Principal, a National Leader in Education, was seconded to the
leadership of the academy. She is also the Chief Executive of TSAT.
A new Principal was appointed in the Easter term of 2014. The proportion of students for whom the school receives the pupil premium funding is much lower than
the national average. The academy does not receive Year 7 catch-up funding.
Almost all students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students who speak English as an
additional language is in line with the national average.
The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school
action is well below average. The proportions that have a statement of special educational needs or who
have education, health and care plans are also below average. The main identified needs are autistic spectrum disorder and specific learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia.
The academy does not provide education or training for students away from school. The academy meets the government's current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for
students' attainment and progress.
In addition to changes in leadership, there have been significant changes in staffing since the previous
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