Swadelands School

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Swadelands School
Established 1952 (1952) (as Swadelands School)
Type High school
Headteacher Christopher Foreman
Location Ham Lane
Lenham
Kent
ME17 2LL
England
Local authority Kent
DfE number 886/4059
DfE URN 118793 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website www.swadelands.kent.sch.uk

Swadelands School (soon The Lenham School, following academy conversion)[1] is a secondary school and sixth form in Lenham, Kent, England. It opened in 1952, and provides a secondary education for 788 boys and girls aged 11 to 18 years.[2]

Ofsted published a report in 2010 which detailed their findings as satisfactory, with a proven ability to attain a rating of good with continued improvement.[3] In 2012, Ofsted returned to assess the ICT subject, which was awarded a rating of good.[4] Later in 2015 however, the school's overall effectiveness was rated as "inadequate" by Ofsted, the report stating that "the proportion attaining five good GCSE grades, including in English and mathematics, is significantly below the national average and has declined recently." It also mentioned that the "teaching, learning and assessment are inadequate. Teaching does not motivate pupils well...many staff lack confidence in the school’s leaders".[5] Consequently, the government now considers the school to be "well below national average".[6]

Swadelands School holds several national quality standards and awards including the Artsmark Gold Award,[7] Healthy Schools Award,[8] and Eco Schools Silver Award.[9]

In 2011, Swadelands school achieved their best ever GCSE results with 55% of students achieving five A*–C grades including English and Mathematics, with 87% of students achieving five A*–C grades overall.[10] 2012 saw further improvements.[11]

In January 2017, it was announced by the headmaster, that the school would be converting to Academy status, and at the same time changing its name from 'Swadelands School' to 'The Lenham School'.[1]

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Coordinates: 51°14′18″N 0°42′39″E / 51.2384°N 0.7108°E / 51.2384; 0.7108