Surrey, United Kingdom
Rodborough is an 11 – 16 mixed Community Specialist Technology and Humanities School catering for 900 students of all abilities. We aspire to excellence for the individual, the group and in all aspects of school life.
The school was previously graded as “Outstanding” by Ofsted in 2009. Our last Ofsted Report was graded as “Good” (June 2013).
The most recent report states:
- Standards are high. The proportion of students achieving 5 or more GCSE A*-C grades including Maths and English is consistently and significantly higher than national averages.
- Students have fantastic attitudes to their learning; they are diligent and want to do well.
- Behaviour in lessons and around the school is excellent.
- Students are extremely polite and show high levels of respect for each other and the adults who work with them.
The school gained Academy status in August 2011. The school uses its Academy status to preserve the current school ethos. The Governors took the decision to become an Academy because they believe this is in the best interest of students at the school now and in the future.
The school takes great pride in the achievements of its students. Our last four years GSCE results have been:
Pupils achieving 5 + A* - C (including Maths and English)
Pupils achieving 5 + A* - C grades
Over 90% of our students go on to Further Education or training. We are proud of the extensive range of Vocational courses we offer through the Waverley Federation. This has widened our curriculum offer and has been a key factor in our rate of students staying on in education.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning is central to all that we do at Rodborough. We devote all our INSET time to Teaching and Learning. We have a number of Teaching Coaches and have developed a culture where teachers regularly observe each other and give professional feedback and advice. Over the last 3 years we have been developing best practice in our KS3 curriculum. Our primary aim has been to create more independent learners. We have done this by developing schemes of work that are based on challenging “enquiry” questions and by developing lessons that are relevant, stimulating and meet the needs of all students. We have tried to put all our best practice together in new schemes of work and new methods of delivery.
Following our successful Ofsted inspection we have worked together to increase our understanding of “Outstanding” teaching. Our aim is to increase our number of “Outstanding” lessons and the number of teachers teaching them in order to meet the needs of all our students and make them more independent learners.
Our SEF Summary and SDP are available on request from the Head’s PA, Penni Ward, at email@example.com
Students are expected to make a significant contribution to the life of the school through their participation and commitment to the full range of activities on offer. We are a child centred school and students are encouraged to take responsibility at all levels.
The School Council plays an important part in school improvement and is led by Senior Prefects. The majority of Year 11 are prefects and take their wide range of jobs and responsibilities very seriously. Year 10 and 11 students join our Junior Sports Leaders Award and are very active in the school and local community. Over 100 Year 9 students have completed and passed their Young Star Navigators Award. Currently we have 144 Year 10 students signed up for the D of E Bronze Award and 32 Year 11 students for the Silver Award. These fantastic figures are testimony to the sense of commitment and service of our students.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Other Initiatives
We encourage staff to offer extra-curricular activities to widen the experience for students. These include several dance, drama and art groups, choirs and jazz band. We maintain a busy schedule of theatre visits, trips abroad, work experience in the UK and Europe as well as school fixtures in many sports. The school has a very effective Friends of Rodborough Association and significant links with local industry and commerce.
The school began a major initiative on sustainability in the last few years. There has been considerable success with recycling with the School Council taking a lead role in this. We organise an “Eco Week” in the Summer with guest speakers and “green” lessons. We now intend to explore energy conservation and alternative energy supplies. The school has recently been fitted with solar panels. In 2014 we won the National Sustainability Award from the Independent Academic Association.
We are fortunate to have a strong and supportive Governing Body who were judged “Outstanding” in both our 2009 and 2013 Ofsted inspections.
“Governance is highly effective. Governors regularly receive detailed information about students’ progress and teachers’ performance, and this allows Governors to challenge academy leaders effectively. Governors visit the academy to gather evidence about how well students are doing. Governors know what the strengths of the academy are and what needs to be improved further. They know how good teaching is and they make sure that leaders manage teachers’ performance effectively. Governors hold the Headteacher strongly to account and set him demanding targets to achieve. They make sure that appropriate safeguarding procedures are in place. The budget is very well managed. Governors know how the pupil premium funding is spent and how this is helping to improve students’ achievement.” (Ofsted 2013)
We are heavily over-subscribed, enjoying an excellent reputation locally, both for academic success and broad educational opportunities. Parents are very supportive, yet demanding of the school, wanting the best for their children. Our staff act in a professional manner, at all times, to ensure that all young people achieve their best in a collaborative way.
Rodborough is an outward looking school. It is an active member of the Waverley Federation (a partnership of local Secondary Schools, a Special School and Godalming College), whose aim is to develop wider opportunities for our young people, beyond the individual schools. We are also heavily involved with the Godalming Confederation of schools working on transition and “life without levels”.
Rodborough is an inclusive school with a thriving SEN Department. We work intensively to ensure that all children are happy and succeed, irrespective of their difficulties. In September 2015 we anticipate the opening of the Cullum Centre, a separate unit to cater for 20 autistic children who have the potential to integrate into some mainstream lessons.
Visitors comment that Rodborough is a pleasant and friendly school. It is situated in a delightful part of Surrey two miles south west of Godalming and a 13 minute walk from Milford train station. It is within easy travelling distance of both London and the South Coast. This is a beautiful part of Southern England with large tracts of National Trust land in the vicinity.