Clifton Community School


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Middle Lane
S65 2SN

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11 - 16
Community school
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
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Clifton Community School is a slightly larger than average size secondary school, although the number of students on roll is decreasing. The proportion of disadvantaged students supported by the pupil premium funding, which provides additional government funding for children looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible free school meals, is more than half of the school’s population and double the national average. Approximately one- quarter of the students have special educational needs and are supported with school action; this is more than double the national average and is around one- quarter of the school. The proportion of those with a statement of special educational need or who are supported by school action plus is high. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is high, almost one- third of each year group, and the number is rising year on year. A very small minority of students attend an off-site centre run and staffed by school’s staff. The school does not meet the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress, and has not done so since the last inspection. The school’s policy for entering students early for GCSE examinations has recently been amended due to the new senior leadership’s changes to the curriculum and option choices for students. The school has plans to become an academy, and become part of the Wickersley Multi-Academy Trust. These plans are currently on hold. The executive head of the trust has been in post as executive head of this school since January 2014, and a significant number of staff, including those in leadership positions, have been seconded into the school from the trust. Since the previous inspection, a large number of staff have left the school, including the headteacher and deputy headteacher. The current head of school has only been in post since September 2014, and a large number of senior leaders are also newly in post. The current leadership team has only been working together since the start of September 2014. The current Chair of the Governing Body is the vice-chair in an acting capacity, as the previous Chair, seconded from the Wickersley Multi Academy Trust, resigned at the end of the last school year.

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

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This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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