The inspection was carried out by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and three additional Inspectors.
Description of the school
Verulam is a boys’ comprehensive school situated in the Clarence ward of St Albans. Students come from fifty different school. It is larger than average for a secondary school, but with a Sixth Form that is part of a consortium with Sandringham and Beaumont, two other St Albans schools. A small proportion of girls join the school for their Sixth Form education. Separate inspection teams coordinated by HMI inspected all three school and their respective sixth forms simultaneously.
The majority of students come from homes across St Albans, where there is a much higher incidence of economic advantage and adults with higher education experience that is the case nationally. Other students come from further afield. The number of students known to be eligible for free school meals is well below the national average. The number of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is slightly higher than average, but most students have English as their first language. The proportion of students with a statement of special educational need is about half the national average. The number of students judged by the school to require additional support, mostly for behavioural and emotional difficulties, has increased recently but is still below the national average.
Verulam School was re-designated as a Technology College in April 2008, with mathematics, science and technology as specialist subjects. The school was designated as a High Performing Specialist School in 2007 and was subsequently awarded a second specialism in modern foreign languages. Verulam holds the International Schools award and Sportsmark, and was re-awarded Investors in People status in 2007.
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