Cullompton Community College in the top 10 per cent of schools in the country

Posted on: 24 March 2017

Strong progress among last year’s Year 11 pupils places Cullompton Community College in the top 10 per cent of schools in the country for GCSE results, according to Ofsted inspectors.

A one day short inspection last week confirmed that the college continues to be good and that safeguarding is effective.

Inspectors commented positively on the orderly environment where pupils are respectful, both to one another and to adults.

In their report, they say, “Cullompton Community College is a caring school where pupils thrive.”

Ofsted’’s Inspector David New found that Key Stage 4 pupils’ engaged in high quality conversations and debates.

He looked at the attainment of the most able pupils, saying:

“There is good challenge for the most able pupils. Their work is of a high standard and is well presented.”

“In mathematics, the most able pupils were adept at using their reasoning skills to explain how they solve complex problems. Teachers’ feedback encourages pupils to deepen their understanding.”

He adds that achievement continues to improve for disadvantaged pupils, with Year 11 students out-performing the progress achieved by other pupils nationally.

“They are confident, self assured learners”, he says.

“The standards in many subjects, particularly in science and English are high.”

Pupils told inspectors how well supported they feel, and how much they appreciate opportunities that the school provides.

The report says that pupils were animated about the support the school provides to help them understand opportunities, the skills required and how to achieve their career ambitions.

This, the report clarifies, is because the college arranges an extensive range of opportunities to raise pupils’ aspirations, including a recent visit to Oxford University. And because the college ‘robustly challenges’ stereotypes in employment, girls are showing interest in a wide range of careers.

Pupils and parents told Inspectors that they feel the school is a safe place, and students describe a culture of tolerance and acceptance.

The report’s author, Her Majesty’s Inspector Iain Freeland, describes finding pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities to be well-supported through careful planning by teachers, especially in history and science. Parents are also very involved with the school in helping their children to succeed. Consequently, he says pupils in almost all year groups are making strong progress,

Next steps for the school include a continued focus on the accuracy of grammar and use of punctuation and support for middle-ability disadvantaged pupils in their home learning so they make rapid rates of progress.

Headteacher, Julie Phelan, said:

“Cullompton Community College is a wonderful school and I’m delighted that Ofsted recognises our exceptional achievements.

“Pupils across the full range of abilities thrive here and are cared for.

“I particularly want to pay tribute to the incredible staff of CCC for their concerted efforts to improve the life chance of our pupils. Staff, governors, pupils and parents work well together and this inspection report gives us a mandate to forge ahead confidently with our great plans for the future.”

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