The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school. It has a sixth form. The headteacher took up post at the time of the previous inspection in 2013. Nearly all members of the
senior leadership team have been appointed within the last two years.
Approximately half the teachers have been appointed since the last inspection. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium is below the national average. The pupil
premium is additional funding for students who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority.
The proportion of students who are disabled or who have special educational needs is similar to the
The school funds and manages a specially resourced provision for students with visual impairment. These
students are taught in mainstream classes, supported by specialist teaching assistants.
A small number of students attend alternative education off-site at Hero's Farm, Aspire and Path Hill. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for
students' attainment and progress in English and mathematics.
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