Cantell Secondary School
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Cantell School is a secondary comprehensive school in the Bassett Green area of Southampton, England. The School has Specialist status for Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology, awarded in September 2003 and is thus now officially referred to as Cantell Mathematics and Computing College. The school has also been largely rebuilt funded through the Private Finance Initiative. Cantell is situated close to the University of Southampton.
The school occupies the site that was previously home to Glen Eyre School. Cantell was formed as an amalgamation of this and Hampton Park Secondary School in 1986. In 1988 the school occupied an area of some 4 hectares (9.9 acres) and it was proposed that 0.1 hectares (0.25 acres) of this be sold off for housing.
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The school received an OFSTED inspection in Autumn 2004 and was in the special measures category because it was failing to give its students an acceptable standard of education. As a result, the school was receiving visits from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education to inspect its progress. The school considerably improved and as of July 2006 the school is out of special measures after the last inspection in June 2006. The school have recently received a satisfactory inspection grade in their last OFSTED report which was in 2012.
In January 2006 there were 1,177 students at Cantell (532 boys and 645 girls) out of the full capacity of 1,300.
The current school building was built in 2003 at the cost of £15 million, it replaced the previous building which was constructed in the 1960s, which was in a state of disrepair.
As Cantell is formally known as "Cantell Maths and Computing College" and is a specialist ICT centre, during the two-week school break over Christmas 2006 and 2007, Cantell installed 90 brand new laptop desks (split between 4 ICT rooms) costing £2500 each. Over the 2007 summer holidays for students, 30 more of these laptop desks were installed in another ICT room.
Year 7-9 students must wear black trousers, black shoes and a navy blue polo shirt with the 'Cantell' logo. Years 10-11 Students must wear black trousers, black polo-shirts with the 'Cantell' logo and black shoes. Optional blue sweatshirts and fleeces with the Cantell logo are also available for these years. Girls have an option to wear skirts which may not be too long or short, unless for religious reasons. For the PE uniform it must be a sky blue shirt and black or blue shorts (summer) and jogging bottoms (winter).
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Although the students have a wide range of ability, their standards on entry to the school are marginally below those found nationally. The proportion of students for whom English is an additional language is approximately 23% and increasing. In addition to a higher than average proportion of students from ethnic minority backgrounds there are a number of students who are refugees or asylum seekers. Approximately 25% of all the students have learning difficulties, which is above the national average. However, only four students have a statement of special educational need which is low. The school includes a specialist 24 place unit for students with specific learning difficulties. In addition the school offers its own provision off-site for more challenging students and on-site provision for vulnerable students. The proportion of students entitled to free school meals is 25% which is above average.
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- Edubase: Details for Cantell Maths and Computing College Accessed 24th March 2007