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  • Stanchester Academy
    East Stoke
    TA14 6UG
  • Head: Mrs Amy Joynes
  • T 01935 823200
  • F 01935 826635
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Somerset
  • Pupils: 529
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 3rd February 2016
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 24th January 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Stanchester Academy provides comprehensive education for students aged 11-16 from Stoke-sub-Hamdon and its surrounding villages. We offer an excellent environment in which our students are supported to achieve their very best. Our school site is surrounded by open countryside which provides excellent opportunities for environmental studies and fieldwork.

We aim to ensure that our students enjoy stimulating teaching and we strive to engage, motivate and challenge students of all abilities. We teach our students the skills needed to become independent, confident and articulate learners. All members of our school community have a shared ambition, common direction and set high expectations for ourselves and others.

At Stanchester Academy we believe there are no limits to what our students can achieve, that we can make a difference and Stanchester is the place where this can happen All students are entitled to a learning experience which is personalised to meet their individual needs and where required we discuss with parents individualised curriculum and timetable provision. All members of our community are entitled to equal opportunities and we promote an environment of mutual respect.

Our Students are the most important aspect of our school community and we encourage students to take part in the running of their school by promoting the Student Voice and developing student responsibility. One of our highest priorities is to provide guidance and support to encourage all students to achieve their potential and aim for high academic standards.

Our GCSE results have risen year on year with record numbers of students achieving 5A*-C GCSEs inc. English and Maths in 2013.

We value and appreciate the important role that parents have to play in supporting their child in developing a positive attitude to school and learning. Research has shown that children learn best when home and school work in partnership. At Stanchester we offer a range of opportunities for parents to become actively involved in Stanchester and in supporting their child in school, for example Year 6 Family Interviews, Parent / Tutor Evenings, Parent Teachers Association (PTFA), Information Evenings and events and becoming a Parent Governor.

We are proud of our links with our partner primary schools and all Year 5 students enjoy a WOW day at Stanchester. In addition, an extensive induction programme supports all students joining us in Year 7

Visitors to our school comment on the friendly, supportive and nurturing environment that exists at Stanchester with well-behaved, happy students who enjoying coming to school. We hope that you find the information on our website interesting and useful.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you would like more information or would like to arrange a visit.
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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

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.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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