When Ofsted judged Fulford School to be outstanding in 2011, the report said “What makes Fulford School…outstanding…is that it manages very successfully to promote both the academic and personal development of all its students… There is no sense of complacency. As a result, the capacity for further improvement is outstanding”. Although written in 2011, these comments still define the values, achievements and aspirations of the school.
An expanding 11-18 mixed comprehensive school within the South York Multi Academy Trust (SYMAT), Fulford’s current NOR is 1458, including 253 in the Sixth Form. The school has an Enhanced Resource Centre with a capacity of ten students for students on the autistic spectrum, which reflects the school’s strong commitment to inclusion.
Our proportion of students with above-average attainment on entry is higher than is the case nationally, with the deprivation indicator below national average. Around 90% of students are white British. Attendance, achievement and attainment at GCSE and post-16 is consistently high, and is well above national averages. In 2018 78% of students achieved grade 4 or above in English and Maths. Our Progress 8 score was 0.31 and our A-level value-added score of 0.28 placed Fulford in the top 10% of schools nationally. In terms of the curriculum offer, the school adopted a three-year KS4 curriculum in 2015, and will move to three linear A-levels from September 2019.
Fulford operates a vertical tutoring system, with four Heads of House each responsible for about 300 students. This structure provides opportunities for peer support and increased student leadership roles, and enables the school to monitor and track the development of students much more effectively. We have a specialist Sixth-form tutor team led by a Director of Sixth Form, and the vast majority of our Sixth Formers progress to university with many going to Russell group institutions. There is a very strong tradition of parental support with the school with high levels of engagement.
We have a strong record of partnership working, and have supported schools both within and beyond the city. Our closest partnership working has been with our local primary schools and the Danesgate Community PRU; it’s this close working relationship which developed into the South York MAT.
The successful candidate will be very well supported by a talented and highly experienced senior leadership team comprising two Deputy Headteachers, three Assistant Heads, a Director of VI Form and the Finance Director.
Our new Headteacher will take full responsibility for Fulford School from 1st September 2019 with Mrs Savage, the current Headteacher, continuing as CEO on a part-time basis for up to 18 months. This will provide continuity of leadership for the MAT and will enable the new Headteacher to fully establish themselves in the school before assuming wider MAT leadership responsibilities.
The school is well supported by a strong governing body and we look forward to a strong and successful relationship with the candidate appointed to the post.
Chair of Governors, Fulford School