South Farnham School


Name South Farnham School
Website http://www.south-farnham.surrey.sch.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address Menin Way, Farnham, GU9 8DY
Phone Number 01252716155
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 847 (50.3% boys 49.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Academy Sponsor South Farnham Educational Trust
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 2.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.9%
Persistent Absence 2.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.1%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about the school

This school is much larger than average in size. It occupies two sites about a mile apart.

Pupils from Reception to Year 2 are located at an infant school site, which currently has two forms of entry, apart from Year 2 which has a third class. Pupils in Years 3 to 6 are located at a junior site, which currently has four forms of entry. Very few pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals.

Most pupils come from White British heritages. An average proportion of pupils are supported at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

The school gained academy status in July 2011 and was among the first 100 schools in the country to be designated a Teaching School with a role to promote, among other responsibilities, the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and future leaders.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. The parent who commented, ‘I cannot speak highly enough about the staff, pupils and leadership within this school,’ summed up the views of the vast majority of parents and carers.

Inspectors, too, found the school remarkable. Everyone is expected to succeed and each individual, whether child or adult, does his or her utmost to rise to the high expectations. Pupils do exceptionally well, year after year, in the tests taken at the end of Year 6.

All groups make outstanding progress. The school is one of the very top in the country for adding value, ensuring that pupils make the best possible progress from their starting points. Most of the teaching is outstanding, and none is less than good.

Pupils are given a rich and exciting programme of activities and tasks, matched accurately to their needs. Those at risk of falling behind have their needs identified from an early age and are taught English and mathematics by skilled teachers. This ensures that all groups achieve exceptionally well.

Marking is generally consistent across the school, but there are occasional instances, particularly in mathematics, where the marking does not always advise pupils on what next steps they need to take to improve. Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable and they are eager to learn. They are kept extremely safe and understand how to keep themselves safe.

The headteacher is inspirational, including in his leadership of teaching. Through long and dedicated service, he has made the school one of the top schools in the country. His management of the performance, not just of the teachers but also of support staff, is second to none, and has resulted in a like-minded team who share his determination to continue to secure improvements.