The Petersfield School

Name The Petersfield School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Cranford Road, Petersfield, GU32 3LU
Phone Number 01730263119
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1397 (47.7% boys 52.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Academy Sponsor Bohunt Education Trust
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.4%
Persistent Absence 10%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.9%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The principal has very high expectations for the best teaching and learning for all pupils.

They receive outstanding educational experiences. School leaders are highly effective at ensuring that excellent teaching is delivered. As a result, outcomes for pupils have rapidly improved across all year groups.

Recent improvements have been secured in languages and design technology. Teachers use excellent subject knowledge and questioning very skilfully. These contribute to pupils' very strong progress across the curriculum, and exceptionally high standards in English and humanities.

Using the agreed school approach, teachers help pupils understand what they need to do to improve. Pupils consistently use this guidance with great success to help themselves learn more. The Petersfield School is a calm, happy school where pupils thrive and enjoy their learning.

They demonstrate responsible attitudes and contribute successfully to school improvement through year group and school councils. Pupils study a rich and varied curriculum. There is a clear sense that learning is about more than just success in their subject, but also the wider school experience.

As a result, pupils are successful, confident and independent learners. The school greatly benefits from being part of Bohunt Education Trust. Staff are very well trained and focused on the excellent teaching they provide for pupils.

Governors know this school very well. They empower and challenge school leaders effectively. Together governors and leaders are ensuring that the school keeps improving quickly.

Most pupils who are disadvantaged, and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), currently achieve as well as, or better than, other pupils. Teaching in science is improving rapidly. Current pupils are achieving better outcomes than in previous years.

However, they do not achieve as well in science as they do in other subject areas.

Information about this school

The Petersfield School is larger than the average-sized 11 to 16 secondary school. It converted to become an academy in July 2011.

It became a member of the Bohunt Education Trust in September 2016. The trustees of Bohunt Education Trust delegate some governance activities to a local governing body. However, they remain accountable for the educational standards of the school.

Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils with SEND supported through the school is below the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is below the national average.

The school sends some pupils to the following alternative providers for key stage 4 pupils: Highbury College, Staunton Country Park, Basingstoke College of Technology, and Havant and South Downs College. It sends key stage 3 pupils to The Sustainability Centre. The school also works with the following two education centres: Woodlands Education Centre and Rowhill School.