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  • Edgbarrow School
    Grant Road
    RG45 7HZ
  • Head: Stuart Matthews
  • T 01344 772658
  • F 01344 776623
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bracknell Forest
  • Pupils: 1,467; sixth formers: 387
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st January 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st December 2005
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Big school, individual approach, stemming from can do everything, open all hours headship style. Huge friendliness of the place is a hallmark: if there were any jobsworths, they’ve been weeded out, judging by knowledge of how the school works and alacrity with which we were put through to right person – and no automated switchboard, either. Ethos helps even the shy to flourish – no mean feat for the many swapping from minute primary schools for seven form entry. Some use as opportunity to…

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Business Studies at an English Comprehensive School (BTEC First Award)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2018, Stuart Matthews, previously deputy head, who joined the school in 2012. He has also been assistant head at St Crispin's School, where he spent 12 years. Studied international economics at Loughborough and has a PGCE in economics and business from Warwick.

Academic matters

Plenty of top teachers (staff to pupil ratio is around one to 16, average class size of 21) to ensure that those capable of it get the grades. Impressive combined A level/BTec results with 44 per cent of grades at A*-A (or distinction*/distinction) and 64 per cent A*-B in 2017. GCSEs also very respectable with 29 per cent of all grades at 9-7, and impressive 84 per cent of pupils achieving 9-4 in both English and maths.

Pupils put in an intensive day to get there,...

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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