A Human Scale School
The Swanage School will cater for 420 students, with 84 in each house, in four teaching groups of 21 in each year group.
The quality of teaching is more important than class size, but being 'human scale’ also means we can place relationships at the heart of our organisation.
We will build a friendly and respectful environment where students are well known to all the staff as well as each other, ensuring that strengths are celebrated and allowed to flourish and difficulties identified and swiftly acted upon whenever they occur.
We are developing our school in conjunction with the charity Human Scale Education, who are providing examples of best practice for human scale teaching and who bring with them a network of similar schools in the UK and abroad.
Secondary Schools in England
There are around 2850 secondary schools in England
- 1 in 3 has no sixth form
- The average size of secondary school is 854
- The average size of secondary including sixth form is 1145
There are lots of small secondary schools - around 150 have under 500 pupils at the last count - but many of these are small by default; they are actually big schools that parents are avoiding. On the other hand, small schools that were set up to be small schools in most cases are thriving. If we exclude empty big schools, special schools and selective grammars there are around 36 schools of under 500 students in England and 24 schools with 420 students or fewer.
Of the 36, eight are rated Outstanding by Ofsted, 15 are Good, 11 are Satisfactory and two are Inadequate. This compares favourably with the national average.
List of small schools
Solway Community Technology College, Cumbria, 160 students, Good
Beacon Hill Community School, Cumbria, 163 students, Good
Manchester Mesivta School, Bury, 165 students, Good with Outstanding features
Samuel King's School, Cumbria, 182 students, Inadequate
Settlebeck High School, Cumbria, 191 students, Outstanding
John Ruskin School, Cumbria, 194 students, Good
Skerton Community High School, Lancs, 206 students, Satisfactory
Beis Yaakov High School, Salford, 238 stuidents, Good with Outstanding features
The Charles Read Academy, Lincs, 245 students, Satisfactory
Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School, Hackney, 261 students, Outstanding
The John Loughborough School, Haringey, 283 students, Inadequate
Hull Trinity House School, Hull, 288 students, Satisfactory
Upper Wharfedale School, N Yorks, 291 students, Good with Outstanding features
The Mablethorpe Tennyson High School, Lincs, 293 students, Satisfactory
Queen Elizabeth Humanities College, Herefs, 307 students, Good
Stradbroke High School, Suffolk, 320 pupils, Good
Birkbeck School and Community Arts College, Lincs, 328 students, Satisfactory
Alderman Peel High School, Norfolk, 345 students, Outstanding
Shipston High School, Warwicks, 383 students, Good
St Joseph's Catholic School, Wilts, 394 students, Good
Fairfield High School, Herefs, 403 students, Outstanding
St Thomas More Catholic School Buxton, Derbys, 404 students, Good
King Edward VI Humanities College, Lincs, 417 students, Satisfactory
Nidderdale High School and Community College, N Yorks, 421 students, Satisfactory
Tenbury High School, Worcs, 447 students, Satisfactory
Trinity Church of England School, Lewisham, 453 students, Good
St Cecilia's RC Technology College, Lancs, 460 students, Satisfactory
Wigmore School, Herefs, 461 students, Outstanding
Holy Family Catholic High School, Carlton, N Yorks, 463 students, Good
Weobley High School, Herefs, 464 students, Outstanding
Winchcombe School, Glos, 473 students, Good
Bolton Muslim Girls School, 481 students, Good
Tauheedul Islam Girls High School, Blackburn, 488 students, Outstanding
St Philip Howard Catholic School, Derbys, 497 students, Satisfactory
St Augustine's Roman Catholic School, Scarborough, 507 students, Satisfactory
Yavneh College, Herts, 569 students (inc 6th form), Outstanding
The Trafalgar School at Downton, Wilts, 572 students, Good
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- Learning, Care & Guidance
- Human Scale Education
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