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Founded in 700 AD, England's oldest state secondary school. Cherishes its traditions but prides itself on moving with the times and achieving new goals - ‘like moving an ocean liner, constantly making incremental changes, without which it’s difficult to maintain...

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Founded in 700 AD, England's oldest state secondary school. Cherishes its traditions but prides itself on moving with the times and achieving new goals - ‘like moving an ocean liner, constantly making incremental changes, without which it’s difficult to maintain momentum’...


Since September 2015, Gavin Chappell PGCE (Hull) NPQH, previously head of The Market Weighton School. He joined following a turbulent time which saw Gillian Todd take over as head for a year after previous head Graham Hodson resigned in June 2014, the school having lost its outstanding status - it has now been upgraded from 'requires improvement' to 'good'.

Academic Matters

Despite its name, it is non-selective. Previously rated outstanding by Ofsted for many years, but downgraded to 'requires improvement' in April 2013, then reclassified as 'good' in 2015. Specialisms in engineering and cognitive learning.

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Special Education Needs

We have a large and successful Learning Support department which prides itself on its open, caring and inclusive ethos in which support is available to all. Every student is encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school. The department has a well equipped resource and staff base, two physiotherapy rooms, an interview room and an office. The LS area has an "open door" policy providing support for homework, a refuge for anxious students and learning aids every break and lunchtime and after school one day a week. The department is always staffed from 8am and a number of students start their school day there. TAs staff clubs for socially vulnerable students and support school visits. Each student on the SEN register has a named TA who meets with them at least once a week. IEPs are written and reviewed 3 times a year and all staff are required to indicate SEN provision for each teaching group they take. TAs are based in the department but some work largely in one subject area or specialise in a particular disability. Year 12 students are recruited as part of their enrichment programme to work as support in classrooms and to produce materials. In addition over 25% of Year 7 students are supported one-to-one by Year 12 students for reading, spelling and maths programmes. The programme works in close partnership with parents who reinforce it at home. Parents are always welcome in school. A parenting support group is run by the school social worker - a full-time appointment. She also works with vulnerable and challenging students on a one-to-one and small group basis. The department supports the Healthy Schools initiative by providing support for healthy choices groups run by the school nurse. The SENCo has delivered full staff training on Down's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, dyslexia and physical disability. TAs have a comprehensive in-school training programme and a staff evaluation programme is in place. The department has a weekly meeting at which student issues are discussed and which teaching and pastoral staff may attend to raise particular issues. Our SEN students top the list on our Contextual Value Added scores. We support them so that they reach their potential. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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