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  • St Laurence School
    Ashley Road
    BA15 1DZ
  • Head: Mr Fergus Stewart
  • T 01225 309500
  • F 01225 309572
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  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 1351 ; sixth formers: 243
  • Religion: Church of England/Christian
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 20th June 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 8th February 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 21st January 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Very much the town school of the charming, historic and prosperous town of Bradford-on-Avon, with its honey-coloured buildings tumbling down to the river (we could get quite carried away), and determined to remain at the centre of the community. St Laurence is known locally for its music, as the Wiltshire Music Centre is built in its grounds and the school has day time use of its excellent facilities: ‘the finest acoustics outside London’, apparently. Some musicians achieve diplomas before they leave...

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What the school says...

The GCSE comments in the existing report are now well out of date ('bumpier ride...' etc. GCSE results have risen significantly since 2013:
5A*-C incl Eng & Maths: 76% (2014), 73% (2015), 79% (2016)
In February 2015 we received a letter from The Minister of State for Schools congratulating us on our 'excellent improvement in GCSE and equivalent results'. In the 2015 Performance Tables there was no similar intake school
within 75 miles that performed better than St Laurence.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Fergus Stewart (early 50s), a chemist by academic discipline, with an MA from Oxford and a PGCE from Nottingham. Despite the Scots name, upbringing and colouring, Mr Stewart has spent most of his career in Wiltshire, latterly as deputy head of Nova Hreod (no, it’s not a misprint) school in Swindon, before moving to ‘that good school that I’d always been aware of in the corner of the county’.

An unequivocal believer in comprehensive education, Mr Stewart expresses his two key aims for his school to be academic excellence for all and the development of well-rounded young people – and holding those in tension. So does he achieve it? Ask parents, and you will find a pretty satisfied lot: ‘Thrilled, blown away by it’, said one mother with...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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
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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