Buxton Community School
phone: 01298 23122
acting headteacher: Ms Glenda Hunter
1331 pupils capacity: 94% full
635 boys 51%
620 girls 49%
Last updated: Sept. 12, 2014
Secondary — Voluntary Controlled School
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Voluntary Controlled School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 405362, Northing: 372622
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 53.251, Longitude: -1.9211
- Accepting pupils
- 11—18 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- May 14, 2013
- Region › Const. › Ward
- East Midlands › High Peak › Temple
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Admissions policy
- Main specialism
- Sports (Operational)
- Applied Learning second specialism
- Investor in People
- Committed IiP Status
- Sixth form
- Has a sixth form
- Free school meals %
- Learning provider ref #
- 0.3 miles Buxton Junior School SK179DR (189 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Burbage Primary School SK179AE (331 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Peaklands Preparatory School SK176SJ
- 0.5 miles Tor School SK176SJ
- 0.6 miles Buxton Infant School SK176QB (181 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Harpur Hill Primary School SK179LP (341 pupils)
- 0.9 miles St Thomas More Catholic School Buxton SK176AF (393 pupils)
- 1 mile St Anne's Catholic Primary School SK177AN (301 pupils)
- 1 mile John Duncan School (Special) SK176RL
- 1.1 mile Fairfield Infant and Nursery School SK177PQ (194 pupils)
- 1.2 mile Fairfield Endowed CofE (C) Junior School SK177NA (171 pupils)
- 1.3 mile High Peak College SK179JZ
- 2.9 miles Adventure Care Ltd SK170TJ
- 3.2 miles Peak Dale Primary School SK178AJ (75 pupils)
- 3.4 miles Care Today (Childrens Service) SK170SN
- 3.4 miles Old Sams Farm Independent School SK170SN (5 pupils)
- 3.5 miles The Meadows SK178DJ (4 pupils)
- 3.7 miles Combs Infant School SK239UZ (26 pupils)
- 3.7 miles Dove Holes CofE Primary School SK178BJ (81 pupils)
- 3.7 miles Flash CofE (C) Primary School SK170SW
- 3.8 miles Hollinsclough CofE (VA) Primary School SK170RH (53 pupils)
- 4.1 miles Earl Sterndale CofE Primary School SK170BS (26 pupils)
- 4.2 miles Turnaround SK170TB
- 4.7 miles Chapel-en-le-Frith High School SK230TQ (921 pupils)
Buxton Community School
College Road, Buxton, SK17 9EA
|Inspection dates||14–15 May 2013|
|Overall effectiveness||This inspection:||Good||2|
|Achievement of pupils||Good||2|
|Quality of teaching||Good||2|
|Behaviour and safety of pupils||Good||2|
|Leadership and management||Good||2|
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school.
| Students achieve well. They make good |
Teaching is good overall, with some
Students feel safe. They behave well and
The school values each individual and offers a
progress and standards of attainment at the
end of Year 11 are above average.
Achievement in English is particularly good.
outstanding practice. Teachers have high
expectations of students and develop good
working relationships in the classroom.
work very well together.
wide range of subjects and activities that
appeal to all students’ interests and
| The sixth form is good and students make |
Senior leaders and governors are working
good progress on their AS and A-level courses.
They are given good-quality advice, support
and guidance which help them to make well-
informed decisions about future employment,
education and training.
successfully to drive improvements in teaching
and learning, and standards are rising.
It is not yet an outstanding school because
| Sometimes students’ progress slows because |
The best practice in teaching is not fully
they are not always given enough
opportunities to learn without the help of the
shared across the school, with the result that
the progress students make in different
| Pupils do not always have enough |
opportunities to respond to teachers’ written
and verbal comments and so they do not make
as much progress as they could.
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Information about this inspection
- Inspectors observed learning in 41 lessons taught by 40 teachers. Six of these observations were
carried out jointly with members of the school’s leadership team. Inspectors also carried out a
series of shorter visits to lessons.
- Meetings were held with staff, groups of students, a representative of the local authority, and
two members of the governing body.
- Inspectors took account of the 86 responses to the online questionnaire (Parent View).
Responses to questionnaires completed by 102 staff were also analysed and considered
- Inspectors scrutinised a range of documentation, including national published assessment data
and the school’s own data, the school’s self-evaluation, improvement plans, safeguarding
policies, behaviour policies and records and documents relating to setting targets for teachers to
improve their work.
|Matthew Spoors, Lead inspector||Additional Inspector|
|Keith Brown||Additional Inspector|
|Philip Drabble||Additional Inspector|
|Jillian Fury||Additional Inspector|
|Charlotte Evers||Additional Inspector|
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Information about this school
- Buxton Community School is larger than the average–sized school.
- The great majority of students are of White British heritage and very few speak English as an
- The proportion of students receiving extra support through school action is average. The
proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is
- The proportion of students known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is below
average. This is additional support for looked-after children and students known to be eligible for
free school meals.
- The school meets the government’s current floor standards for secondary schools, which set the
minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.
- No students are taught in alternative provision away from the school site.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Build on the strengths of teaching, so that more is outstanding, by:
broadening the range of strategies to promote students’ active and independent learning
ensuring that more opportunities are provided for students to have a dialogue with teachers
about how to improve their work and are given time to act upon comments made in teachers’
sharing the best practice more widely across the school.
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|The achievement of pupils||is good|
- Students join the school with attainment that is broadly average. They make good progress, and
results at GCSE have been above national averages since the previous inspection.
- Standards in GCSE English and several other subjects, such as geography and history, are
particularly strong. Reading and writing are promoted well across the school including through
the use of materials which support both children and their parents in developing reading and
spelling skills together. The school also uses a wide range of teaching activities to ensure high
standards of punctuation, spelling and grammar.
- Last year, there was a dip in GCSE mathematics and science results but the school has put in
place a variety of engaging and challenging classroom activities, and supported students with
extra well-focused lessons, to ensure that they are on track to make improved progress in these
subjects. Carefully selected students have been entered early for GCSE mathematics and have
achieved well. Early entry has also raised these students’ self-esteem and their belief that they
- Year 7 students eligible for additional support in reading from the government’s catch-up
premium are being well supported through targeted provision, including one-to-one tuition. As a
result, they are making good progress in improving their reading skills.
- Students supported by pupil premium funding at the school are making better progress because
the money is spent effectively on extra staffing, educational resources and carefully targeted
support. Consequently, the one GCSE grade gap in English and mathematics between these
students and their classmates in 2012 is now closing quickly.
- Disabled students and those who have special educational needs make similar progress to other
students because staff have identified students’ individual needs early and arranged the right
additional help. Teachers and teaching assistants support students well, providing challenge and
encouragement and helping them with subject-specific vocabulary.
- From their different starting points, students make good progress in the school’s sixth form.
Results at AS, A level and in BTEC and other vocational qualifications enable the majority of
students to go on to their first choice further education, training or employment.
|The quality of teaching||is good|
- Teaching is rarely less than good and, at times, it is outstanding. Lesson observations, the
school’s robust monitoring data and scrutiny of students’ work show that teaching is improving.
Teaching enables students to achieve well over time.
- There is some outstanding practice in a wide range of subjects but this not being shared widely
enough across the school to raise the overall quality of teaching still further.
- Most teaching has good pace and involves varied tasks. Teachers have high expectations of
what students can achieve and develop a climate for learning which makes lessons enjoyable. A
Year 12 student said, ‘Teachers are really helpful and I’ve enjoyed our lessons.’ On a few
occasions, however, teachers do not include opportunities for students to learn actively and
independently, and so the pace of learning slows.
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Teachers have good subject knowledge and make regular use of well-focused lesson objectives.
Teachers and other adults in classrooms support students well so that the majority make good
progress. Work is carefully modified for disabled students and those who have special
Positive and supportive relationships between staff and students are well established so that
most students develop into confident learners. In a high-quality Year 9 physical education
lesson, for example, students progressed exceptionally well in both developing their skills of
striking and catching, and explaining why and how the techniques were important in the
context of a game of rounders.
- Teachers generally mark and assess students’ work regularly. However, occasionally, teachers
do not give constructive feedback and discuss ideas for improvement with students and provide
them with further opportunities to improve their work.
- Teaching in the sixth form is good and the use of assessment provides teachers with a clear
picture of students’ progress and helps teachers to plan appropriate activities. Class sizes are
generally small, which ensures that all students have opportunities to work closely with their
teachers to achieve their best.
|The behaviour and safety of pupils||are good|
- The vast majority of students enjoy learning and work hard. Behaviour is good. The large
majority of parents and carers agree that their children are safe and happy in school and are
positive about behaviour in the school.
- The school is calm and orderly. Most students enjoy coming to school and feel that there have
been improvements in the way students behave.
- The system of rewards and sanctions is well understood by all students and they are encouraged
to take responsibility for their actions. The school’s ‘inter-form-challenge’ and ‘golden ticket’
awards, linked to the merit system, have been particularly effective in encouraging students to
focus on their studies and to behave well.
- The school is successfully using strong links with parents to improve attendance rates over time
and has reduced the number of permanent exclusions. Attendance is now average and exclusion
rates are below average.
- Students say that they feel very safe in school. The school makes sure that students are well
aware of different types of bullying and they do not feel that bullying is an issue at the school.
- The school has a structured programme of activities in tutor time, personal, social and health
education and assemblies, during which students are taught how to keep themselves safe. Most
recently, pupils took part in a Crime and Safety Awareness Day with a crime prevention charity.
This reinforced their understanding of social responsibilities and staying safe in the community.
- Sixth form students receive well-targeted information, support and guidance. They contribute
well to the life of the school; for example, on the sixth form committee, as sports leaders, or as
mentors to younger students.
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|The leadership and management||are good|
- The headteacher knows her school well and has brought about improvements since the last
inspection. School improvement planning is rigorous and linked to effective action planning and
subject to accurate and regular checks by governors and senior leaders.
- Arrangements for the management of teachers’ performance are well organised. There are
effective links between pay and progression through the salary levels. Teachers are held
accountable for the progress of their students.
- There is a commitment to training and professional development for teachers and this is linked
to the school’s quality assurance systems and improvement planning. Teachers are given a high
degree of personal responsibility to develop their own practice. The school is now in a strong
position to spread the best practice in teaching more widely across departments.
- The range of subjects taught is broad and balanced and meets students’ needs at GCSE, AS and
A level. There are also a number of work-related options available, which encourage greater
- The school provides a wide range of opportunities for students’ spiritual, moral, social and
cultural development. Recently, for example, 10 students were selected to work at the London
2012 Paralympic Games as volunteers in the athletics arena.
- The school has procedures and practice that make sure staff and students are safe. The levels of
care and support for all students are key strengths of the school’s practice. Discrimination of any
kind is not tolerated.
- The local authority provides a light-touch level of support to this good school.
- The governance of the school:
– The governing body is rigorously holding the school to account and has a good understanding
of students’ attainment and progress. Governors know about the quality of teaching and how
the school rewards good teaching and tackles any underperformance. Governors make sure
that legal requirements are fully met, including for ensuring students’ safeguarding. They make
regular visits to the school, monitor the school’s work and track the impact of new initiatives.
The governing body ensures that the use of additional funds from the pupil premium improves
the achievement of the students entitled to it.
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What inspection judgements mean
|Grade 1||Outstanding||An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes |
that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures
that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
|Grade 2||Good||A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well |
for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage
of their education, training or employment.
|Grade 3||Requires |
|A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it |
is not inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within
24 months from the date of this inspection.
|Grade 4||Inadequate||A school that requires special measures is one where the school is |
failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and
the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not
demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary
improvement in the school. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and
requires significant improvement but leadership and management
are judged to be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
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|Unique reference number||112970|
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
|Type of school||Secondary|
|Age range of pupils||11–18|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Gender of pupils in the sixth form||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||1295|
|Of which, number on roll in sixth form||217|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Date of previous school inspection||13 January 2010|
|Telephone number||01298 23122|
|Fax number||01298 27578|
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