The Corbet School Technology College Closed - academy converter Aug. 31, 2011
Headteacher: Mr R J Thompson
School holidays for The Corbet School Technology College via Shropshire council
Secondary — Foundation School
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Foundation School
- Establishment #
- Close date
- Aug. 31, 2011
- Reason closed
- Academy Converter
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 342717, Northing: 322121
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 52.794, Longitude: -2.8509
- Accepting pupils
- 11—16 years old
- Ofsted last inspection
- April 16, 2008
- Region › Const. › Ward
- West Midlands › North Shropshire › Ruyton and Baschurch
- Village - less sparse
- Admissions policy
- Main specialism
- Technology (Operational)
- Language second specialism
- Trust school
- Is supported by a Trust
- Learning provider ref #
- The Corbet School Technology College SY42AX (684 pupils)
- 0.1 miles Baschurch CofE Primary School SY42AU (146 pupils)
- 1.1 mile Walford College, Shropshire SY42HL
- 1.8 mile Adcote School for Girls SY42JY (214 pupils)
- 2.2 miles St John the Baptist CofE (Controlled) Primary School SY41LA (150 pupils)
- 2.3 miles Packwood Haugh School SY41HX (213 pupils)
- 2.4 miles Grafton Primary School SY41HF
- 2.4 miles Weston Lullingfields CofE School SY42AW (40 pupils)
- 2.8 miles Myddle CofE Primary School SY43RP (60 pupils)
- 3.1 miles St Andrew's CofE Primary School SY41DB (62 pupils)
- 3.4 miles Bomere Heath CofE Primary School SY43PQ (120 pupils)
- 4.1 miles Shotton Hall School SY43DW
- 4.4 miles Cockshutt CofE Primary School SY120JE (82 pupils)
- 4.8 miles Bicton CofE Primary School SY38EH (143 pupils)
- 4.8 miles Access School SY43EW (14 pupils)
- 4.8 miles The Evolution Centre SY38EQ (23 pupils)
- 5.2 miles Flying High SY38BT (20 pupils)
- 5.3 miles West Felton CofE Primary School SY114JR (126 pupils)
- 5.5 miles Ford CofE Primary School SY59LG
- 5.5 miles Trinity CofE Primary School SY59LG (149 pupils)
- 5.6 miles Kinnerley Church of England Controlled Primary School SY108DF (88 pupils)
- 5.7 miles Clive CofE Primary School SY43LF (84 pupils)
- 5.8 miles Loppington House FE Unit SY45NF
- 5.9 miles Greenacres Primary School SY13QG (168 pupils)
Ofsted report transcript
The Corbet School
123594Unique Reference Number
16 April 2008Inspection date
Michael Smith HMIReporting inspector
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
ComprehensiveType of school
1116Age range of pupils
MixedGender of pupils
Number on roll
The governing bodyAppropriate authority
R J ThompsonHeadteacher
14 June 2004Date of previous school inspection
Eyton LaneSchool address
01939 260296Telephone number
01939 262009Fax number
16 April 2008Inspection date
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Further copies of this report are obtainable from the school. Under the Education Act 2005, the school must
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Inspection Report: The Corbet School, 16 April 2008
The inspection was carried out by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors. HMI evaluated the overall
effectiveness of the school and investigated the following issues: standards and achievement
in Key Stage 4, the quality of provision in Key Stage 4, and leadership and management. HMI
gathered evidence from interviews with governors, staff and pupils, lesson observations, analysis
of documentation and observations of the school during the working day. Other aspects of the
school's work were not investigated in detail, but HMI found no evidence to suggest that the
school's own assessments, as given in its self-evaluation, were not justified, and these have
been included where appropriate in this report.
Description of the school
This Specialist Technology College draws pupils from mainly rural areas. The majority of pupils
travel to school by bus. The proportions of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds or learning
English as an additional language are well below average. The proportion of pupils with learning
difficulties and/or disabilities is below average. Pupils attend the school from a mixture of
different backgrounds; some are very favourable but others are areas with significant rural
Key for inspection grades
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Overall effectiveness of the school
The Corbet is an outstanding school. Pupils really enjoy school because they achieve
exceptionally well and they feel that staff support them magnificently. Pupils enter the school
with standards slightly above average. In Key Stage 3, pupils consistently make excellent
progress, amongst the best in the country, to gain exceptionally high tests results. Pupils
attained exceedingly high standards at Key Stage 4 in 2005; in the following two years results
fell slightly, but accurate school records show that attainment is back to this very high level.
This shows excellent achievement whilst the pupils are at school. Last year three quarters of
the pupils gained five or more higher passes at GCSE, with the vast majority of these including
English and mathematics. Results in science, English and mathematics were particularly good.
Results in French were high, demonstrating a significant improvement since the previous
inspection and the increased significance of the subject within the school. Results in technology
were good and the school met most of its challenging targets, including those for its specialist
status. Last year very nearly all pupils gained suitable qualifications because the school's strong
support ensured any who were in danger of gaining very few or no passes were able to complete
their studies. Pupils with learning difficulties also made very good progress. This shows the
school's strong emphasis on inclusion.
Pupils feel very safe in school because of the excellent pastoral support. Pupils say that incidents
of bullying are rare and are dealt with very well when reported to staff. They say they like the
clear guidelines for behaviour so that they know exactly what is expected. Incidents of poor
behaviour are almost non-existent and behaviour around the school and in lessons is of the
highest standard. This is indicative of pupils' very strong moral and social development. Pupils
have a clear understanding of what is right and wrong, and act accordingly. They know how to
keep healthy and many take part in a wide variety of sporting activities. They have also
influenced the type of food prepared by the school canteen, which now includes healthy options.
Pupils' excellent personal development is supported by their extremely good spiritual and
cultural development. Pupils say they enjoy the debate on spiritual issues in religious education
lessons and also in many other subjects. They also participate in a wide variety of visits, including
to art galleries, Paris, Lille, the battlefields in Belgium and local places of interest, which greatly
enhances their cultural awareness.
Achievement is so high because pupils enjoy a variety of very good lessons that challenge them
to make excellent progress. Relationships between staff and pupils are very good because they
respect each other and pupils feel they are treated like responsible adults, which in turn makes
them more responsible. Teachers use questioning techniques successfully and plan very
interesting lessons that engage pupils' enthusiasm and ensure that work is well matched to
their different abilities. The school has made good use of its specialist status to provide teachers
with suitable electronic whiteboards to help deliver highly effective lessons and engage learners.
Effective training has been provided so that all staff are able to make appropriate use of their
whiteboards, often using video clips or other audio-visual resources to enhance lessons. Subject
leaders have been very successful in working with their departments to ensure the quality of
teaching remains high. Very useful departmental reviews, including the views of pupils, are
used well to moderate departmental self-evaluations. These then feed into the accurate
Pupils are very well prepared for their next phase of education or the world of work. The very
good curriculum, including an exciting and well-attended range of extra-curricular activities,
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meets pupils' needs very well. All pupils study a modern foreign language and technology in
all years. Religious education is studied to GCSE level in Key Stage 4 and pupils say this is a
highly interesting and challenging course. They particularly enjoy the way in which they have
to argue their point of view and this, along with good English, mathematics and information
and communication technology (ICT) skills, supports their excellent preparation for future
employment, economic well-being and education. The curriculum is set to be further enhanced
when the very good plans for the introduction of the diploma in ICT are implemented next
September. Additionally, further diplomas are planned to be introduced over the next few years
as part of the local consortium arrangements. The school works well with local providers to
ensure a suitable curriculum for those learners who decide to follow specific courses, including
work-based learning opportunities.
Pupils are keen to contribute to school life because they feel all staff really want them to
succeed. Pupils know their targets and generally receive very good academic guidance. A change
to the role of form tutors, so they have greater responsibility for the academic guidance of
their tutor group, is in its early days and as yet is not consistent. Parents commented on how
successful the school is in helping their children to settle in well when they arrive at the start
of Year 7. Many pupils take a very active part in supporting the school community. They act
as sports leaders or as 'peer supporters' and enjoy a wide variety of musical and drama events,
including well-received productions each year. The school works well with local partner schools
through its specialist status and also works with the local college to deliver courses to adults.
The fact that so many pupils live a long way from the school and travel by bus makes it difficult
for their contribution to the community to be better than good.
The leadership and management of the school are excellent and work well at all levels to ensure
the school is constantly improving. The highly effective headteacher, supported by the extremely
purposeful and efficient senior leadership team, gives a very strong lead and strategic direction
to the work of the school. The governing body provide very good support and challenges when
necessary. They rigorously ensure they fulfil their statutory duties, for example, by monitoring
for racial equality, and ensure that appropriate procedures are in place for the safeguarding of
all pupils. The school is not complacent and is always looking at how to get better. This
demonstrates its excellent capacity to improve further.
What the school should do to improve further
Ensure academic guidance is consistent with best practice, across all tutor groups.
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Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out
in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspection', which is available from Ofsted’s website:
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Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and
grade 4 inadequate
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated
care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners'
1The capacity to make any necessary improvements
Achievement and standards
1How well do learners achieve?
reached by learners
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between
groups of learners
1How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the
1The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
1The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
1The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
1How well learners enjoy their education
1The attendance of learners
1The behaviour of learners
2The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to
their future economic well-being
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs
and interests of learners?
1How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?
Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly
below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.
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Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement
and supporting all learners?
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading
to improvement and promote high quality of care and education
1How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards
1The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so
that all learners achieve as well as they can
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to
achieve value for money
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government
NoDoes this school require special measures?
NoDoes this school require a notice to improve?
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Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection
17 April 2008
Inspection of The Corbet School Technology College, Baschurch, Shropshire SY4 2AX
I visited your school recently, met some of you at lunchtime and talked to others during lessons
and at break. I was very impressed with your friendliness and helpfulness and how proud you
are of your school. I can fully understand why you are so positive, and I agree that you attend
an outstanding school. It makes sure you develop very well both academically and personally.
Staff care and support you very well, enabling you to make excellent progress. Standards are
amongst the very best in England in Key Stage 3 and you achieve exceptionally well in your
GCSE examinations. This is because you enjoy some extremely good lessons that ensure you
are motivated and behave extremely well in school. You also said you felt staff treat you as
adults and, in turn, you responded very well to this trust and support.
You have a very good understanding of what you need to do to become healthy. You told me
that you enjoyed the very good curriculum and the excellent range of extra-curricular activities,
especially sports and the performing arts. I know you were very pleased with the recently well
received performance of 'We will rock you' and how focused the Year 11 rugby team was as it
went off to take part in the county final. You were also proud of the good work you do
supporting younger pupils in your school, as peer supporters or sports leaders. You know your
targets and receive good academic guidance from your tutors. As yet this is in its early days
and I feel this is an area your school could improve by making sure this guidance is consistent
across all tutor groups.
Your school is extremely well led and managed and the views of yourselves and your parents
are taken into full account to see how it can improve further. Staff are all very focused on
seeing how the school can improve from its very high standard. They are looking forward to
seeing how well the new diploma in ICT goes when it is introduced next September.
I wish you well in this excellent and supportive school. Thank you again for your cooperation.
Michael Smith HMI
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17 April 2008
Inspection of The Corbet School Technology College, Baschurch,
Shropshire SY4 2AX
I visited your school recently, met some of you at lunchtime and talked to others
during lessons and at break. I was very impressed with your friendliness and
helpfulness and how proud you are of your school. I can fully understand why you
are so positive, and I agree that you attend an outstanding school. It makes sure
you develop very well both academically and personally.
Staff care and support you very well, enabling you to make excellent progress.
Standards are amongst the very best in England in Key Stage 3 and you achieve
exceptionally well in your GCSE examinations. This is because you enjoy some
extremely good lessons that ensure you are motivated and behave extremely well in
school. You also said you felt staff treat you as adults and, in turn, you responded
very well to this trust and support.
You have a very good understanding of what you need to do to become healthy. You
told me that you enjoyed the very good curriculum and the excellent range of extra-
curricular activities, especially sports and the performing arts. I know you were very
pleased with the recently wel l received performan ce of ‘We will rock you’ and how
focused the Year 11 rugby team was as it went off to take part in the county final.
You were also proud of the good work you do supporting younger pupils in your
school, as peer supporters or sports leaders. You know your targets and receive
good academic guidance from your tutors. As yet this is in its early days and I feel
this is an area your school could improve by making sure this guidance is consistent
across all tutor groups.
Your school is extremely well led and managed and the views of yourselves and your
parents are taken into full account to see how it can improve further. Staff are all
very focused on seeing how the school can improve from its very high standard.
They are looking forward to seeing how well the new diploma in ICT goes when it is
introduced next September.
I wish you well in this excellent and supportive school. Thank you again for your
Michael Smith HMI