The excellent Ofsted report is a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of everyone who works and learns at the College.
Contrary to some recent ill-informed opinion in the press we are certainly not a grammar school.
The independent judgement of the inspectors is that our intake 'spans the whole range' yet our students go on to achieve "outstandingly well".
The staff deserve a special mention. Although the report recognises many of the special features of the College that contribute to our success, in particular it draws attention to the longer day worked by staff.
Our teachers spend almost all their time with students and this is seen as making a key contribution to our excellent results.
The report coincides with the opening of our new library.
Thanks to the generosity of our two principal sponsors Hugh de Capell Brooke and Garfield Weston the magnificent new building provides unparalleled accommodation for private study and research.
As the report rightly says "the price of continued high achievement is eternal vigilance" and at Brooke Weston I know that we will all continue to work hard to maintain and improve our already excellent service.
Brooke Weston City Technology College
Principal: Mr P A Simpson
Date of inspection: 12th - 16th November 2001
The school was inspected by fourteen inspectors, led by Dr A R Beaver.
This is a summary of the inspection report, which is available from the school.
Information About The College
Brooke Weston CTC (City Technology College) is situated on the edge of the town of Corby, Northamptonshire.
Different legal requirements apply to this independent College, compared with other colleges that receive state funding, but the National Curriculum is followed.
The College has a much longer working day than most secondary schools and, in addition to lessons, students are also with teachers for breakfast and lunch.
Students of all ages and members of staff share facilities on an equal basis.
Students may use the building and equipment after lessons and in the holidays freely.
It operates a five-term year.
As a CTC, students who live in Corby, Kettering and the surrounding villages are eligible to apply to attend.
The College is comprehensive and provides for 1199 students aged 11 - 18, of whom 930 are in Years 7 - 11.
It is bigger than most other secondary colleges.
More boys than girls are on roll, particularly in Years 7 and 8.
Most students travel from home by bus, costs of which are partly met by the College.
It is very popular and there are many more applicants each year than places available.
A few students have English as an additional language.
Two percent of students have minority-ethnic backgrounds.
The percentage known to be eligible for free college meals is in line with the national average.
Fewer students than is typical are identified as having special educational needs or have statements to indicate their needs.
These students are supported by the College which, unlike most other schools and colleges, receives no additional funding for special educational needs.
Although now well staffed, the College has encountered some difficulty in recruitment of teachers in recent years
The College selects students for entry, from the large number who apply at age 11, using a system of testing as required by the DfES.
Students are partly chosen for their aptitude for science and technology. A condition for admission is that attainment of the students' selected at age 11 spans the full range, with abilities in proportion to what would be expected nationally, making attainment on entry average.