St Thomas à Becket Secondary School

Barnsley Road
West Yorkshire

Head:  Mrs Catherine Baxendale

Pupils: 699

Gender: Mixed

Ages: 11 to 16

Type: Academy converter

Boarding: No

Religion: RC

School Description by Ofsted

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The school is smaller than others of its type. A large majority of its students are of the Catholic faith. The school converted to become an academy in November 2012. Its predecessor school, St Thomas A Becket Catholic College Specialist Status in Humanities: with Autism Resources, was judged satisfactory at its last inspection in May 2012.

The school is part of the Bishop Konstant Catholic Multi-academy Trust, which comprises seven primary schools and two secondary schools, and is part of the diocese of Leeds.

An academy council and the Trust oversee the school's work and its effectiveness.

The large majority of students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is above the national average and has doubled in recent years. The proportion of students supported through the pupil premium is below average. (The pupil premium funding is additional government funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children that are looked after by the local authority). The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average.

The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average.

The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress. The school supports 14 students with autistic spectrum disorders.

No students are educated off site. At the same time as the main inspection, an additional and separate inspection of history was carried out by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI).

Progress 8 Score

Confidence interval is -0.51 to -0.05

Progress 8 Score GIRLS

Confidence interval is -0.49 to 0.18

Progress 8 Score BOYS

Confidence interval is -0.71 to -0.08

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