Therfield School

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Not to be confused with Therfield School also known as Therfield First School, Hertfordshire

Therfield School
Motto The Best For All —
Excellence, Leadership and Opportunity
Type Secondary Community
Headmaster Mr James Malley
Chairman of Governors Mr R. Hart
Founder Surrey County Council
Location Dilston Road
Leatherhead
Surrey
KT22 7NZ
England
Coordinates: 51°18′22″N 0°20′06″W / 51.306°N 0.335°W / 51.306; -0.335
Local authority Surrey County Council
DfE URN 125252 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 76 teaching, 29 support
Students 951 as of January 2015
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Juniper, Leith, Polesden, Norbury
Colours Green      (Therfield dark and mid shades)
Red      (tie stripes)
Former pupils Old Therfieldians
Current admissions policy Comprehensive
Chairman of Thurfield Trust Fund Mrs C. Garel
Website www.therfield.surrey.sch.uk

Therfield School is a mixed comprehensive school educating students aged 11–18 in Leatherhead, Surrey, England. Therfield School sixth form teaches courses of further education for students between the ages of 16 and 18 and has an arrangement of reciprocated entry criteria with three others in the county: The Ashcombe School, Warlingham School and Oxted School.

Funding[edit]

A non-fee paying school, Therfield School's funding is received predominantly via pro rata Surrey County Council annual allocation. Funding since 1981 has been enhanced by donations such as through its Charities Commission-registered Therfield School Trust Fund and successful registration or selection for pupil premiums and grants restricted to central and local government-funded schools.[1][2][3]

Type of funding Therfield School (2013-14) Surrey median National median
Government grant funding per pupil £6034 (98%) £5192 £5720
Self-generated income per pupil £132 (2%) £193 £141

Free school meals eligibility: 7% (band: low).[4]

Attributes[edit]

Therfield was a Specialist Sports College September 2005 — February 2008, achieving in its view its aim "to use sport as a tool to raise the whole school attainment through the focus on student and staff leadership skills, for Therfield to become a centre of excellence for sport" and thereafter broadening its focus.

In the house system, each of the four houses which compete in sport and other activities may constitute a single tutor group form in a given year or may be split into two. The resultant tutor forms provide a pastoral, advice point across all activities.[5]

The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding (additional government funding for children in the care of the local authority, students known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families) is below average. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action is above the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average.

The school makes arrangements for a small number of students in Year 10 and 11 to access alternative provision or work-related courses through ‘The Link’, a school-funded facility accommodated off site.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The main facilities which are in time slots available for out-of-hours hire are:

  • Astroturf - Hockey and Football
  • Main Hall
  • Dining Hall
  • Sports Hall
  • Sports Gym
  • Tennis Courts
  • Classrooms
  • ICT Suites
  • Library
  • Cookery Classrooms[6]

Sixth Form[edit]

Therfield Sixth Form takes as preferential applications from internal students. It has pre-arranged provision for 15 external pupils to commence Year 12 per year who meet entry requirements referred to in the Sixth Form Prospectus for the individual subjects or courses. Reciprocated special preference is given to an eclectic range of sixth forms in terms of individual programmes of study and vocational courses: at: The Ashcombe School, Dorking; Warlingham School, Warlingham; and Oxted School, Oxted.[7]

Ofsted[edit]

The Ofsted inspection of Spring 2013 gave the school an overall Grade 2, Good, on the four-point scale (Outstanding/Good/Satisfactory/Inadequate). Omitting praised examples, the headline assessment of teaching was:

"Teaching has improved since the last inspection. Teaching is good in the majority of lessons and some is outstanding. Leaders and managers have challenged inadequate teaching, and skilled staff work with others to share the good practice which is in the school.

Where teaching is good or better, teachers have high expectations of students and encourage them to work collaboratively in pairs or small groups. They plan activities that engage and give students the confidence to think for themselves. As a result, relationships are supportive and this promotes students’ learning very effectively.

Teachers have good subject knowledge and explain clearly to students what they are expected to learn. They use a variety of teaching methods to engage and motivate students."
—School Report: Therfield School, Page 4. 21 March 2013, Ofsted: Dearden, Woods, Briggs, Singh and Collins (Senior Inspector and Assistant Inspectors)[3]

School Partnerships[edit]

Country School Name Partner since
Germany Germany Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium, Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1082392 - Therfield School Trust Fund. Charity Commission. Accessed 2015-04-23.
  2. ^ Amalgamated, removed charity: 281932 Accessed 2015-04-23
  3. ^ a b c School Report: Therfield School At pages 2 and 4. 21 March 2013. Ofsted: Dearden, Woods, Briggs, Singh and Collins (Senior Inspector and Assistant Inspectors)
  4. ^ School and College Performance Tables: Finance 2013-14 Department for Education. Last updated 13 April 2015. Accessed 23 April 2015.
  5. ^ Pastoral organisation Therfield School. Accessed 2015-04-23.
  6. ^ Facilities for hire Therfield School. Accessed 2015-04-23.
  7. ^ Sixth Form Admissions Policy Therfield School.