Surrey, United Kingdom
Rodborough is an 11 – 16 mixed Community School catering for 900 students of all abilities. We aspire to excellence for the individual, the group and in all aspects of school life.
Our last Ofsted Report was graded as “Good” (January 2017).
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 was a stand-alone Academy from August 2011. From 01 March 2021, the school has joined the Weydon Multi-Academy Trust (WMAT). The Governors took this decision because they believe this is in the best interest of students at the school now and in the future. The WMAT trust is a locally based Multi-Academy Trust that enables us to maintain our current school ethos.
The school takes great pride in the achievements of its students. Our last four years GSCE results have been:
Pupils achieving 5 or more passes at Grade 9-4 (including Maths and English)
Pupils achieving Grade 9-4 in both English and Maths
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 a high proportion of our INSET time to researching, discussing and implementing effective approaches to learning. There is a teaching and learning team made up of senior leaders and coaches that have created a culture whereby staff are motivated to improve their practice. This includes regular CPD sessions, Star Weeks (where all staff are invited to take part in learning walks), Teach Meets and a coaching programme as well as the more formal observation programme. The school appraisal system puts most of its emphasis on training and development.
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.
The school runs a very popular and successful Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. Normally, we would expect to have around 130 Year 10 students signing up for the D of E Bronze Award and 60 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 a 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 has begun 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. In 2014, we won the National Sustainability Award from the Independent Academic Association. Recently, the School Council researched, designed and fundraised for a sustainable Eco shelter for the playground, which was hand built and installed on site.
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 what contribute to good teaching 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 Sixth Form College), whose aim is to develop wider opportunities for our young people, beyond the individual schools.
Rodborough is an inclusive school with a thriving SEN Department. Teaching across the school is inclusive and designed to bring out the best in everyone. We work hard to remove barriers to learning and ensure that all children are happy and can succeed to make excellent progress from their starting points. In January 2016 we officially opened our Cullum Centre. Cullum is a resource base supported by the generous sponsorship of the Cullum Family Trust, SCC and the National Autistic Society. At Rodborough, we have up to 20 young people (usually, 4 per year group) who have high functioning autism and are placed through the Cullum programme.
Students have a variety of other learning needs and with ongoing support and training, Rodborough staff are particularly adept at including and nurturing students with special educational needs within their classrooms. The school has a number of autistic children already on its roll and, when there is capacity, the Cullum Centre will be used to support those who need respite or specialist input.
Rodborough has approximately 10% of its pupils on the SEN register and currently has 29 pupils with EHCP’s (including Cullum). Our SENCO and LSAs provide a balanced approach of in-class support, individual programmes and specific interventions to address literacy and numeracy weaknesses. Subject leads have a focus on delivering appropriate qualifications for all students. Teaching staff are becoming more adept at being inclusive and nurturing the achievements of all students in lessons. The school has a wide range of vocational and alternative programmes to give the most appropriate educational experience to students in the Upper School.
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.