Redbridge Community School is a thriving, ambitious and forward thinking school.
The school has been recognised for its success in recent years and this has
included ‘Outstanding OFSTED notifications. Redbridge Community School is a ‘Leading Edge’
school, recognised for its innovation and is one of only a handful of organisations to
receive ‘Champion’ Investor in People Award.
In addition to this, the school boasts positive collaborative networks that help to
promote student achievement and continuous professional development for the staff. These
networks include other outstanding providers such as Bitterne Park School, Wildern
School and the Department for Education. The school has also developed very
positive links with the University of Southampton and Southampton Football Club.
The school is housed in a state of the art ‘new build’ with excellent ICT facilities
and some of the best sporting facilities in the area. Visitors regularly comment
on the ‘vibe’ and the ‘positive’ ethos. At times this can be highly infectious but is
evidence of our continuous drive to be the best we can.
The school believes that by continuing to improve outcomes our students achieve
their dreams and ambitions. We never make excuses regarding why our students
cannot perform and this is even more important for our students who take a free
The academic profile of the school is changing as the following: -
L4 + L5 +
Year 7 73% 25%
Year 8 67% 13%
Year 9 62% 13%
Year 10 54% 7%
Year 11 52% 6%
11% of our students are Gifted & Talented and a full G&T programme is provided for
them. The school has recently applied for the NACE Challenge Award to recognise our Gifted and Talented and the curriculum has been redesigned to re-establish traditional academic subjects through a pathway approach at Key Stage 4. This innovative approach includes a Gold, Silver and Bronze Baccalaureate pathway for our most able, ranging to Green and Yellow that are more vocationally based (with the new BTEC’s and OCR nationals). We are currently developing our Construction Baccalaureate (CBACC) for those students who take courses within our own on-site Construction Centre and we will be offering our CBACC in the academic year.
We run two nurture groups; one each in Year 8 and 9 and we have also established
an Edu-K8 behaviour centre (on the school grounds) to meet the needs of our
most challenging students. These students do not enter the main school, but the
centre provides a personalised and bespoke curriculum designed to meet their individual
We have our own horticulture centre on site and we have invested heavily in ICT
especially with our own suite of iMacs and 15 iPads to support literacy within the
school. Ethos is central in our next steps and students are rewarded with cinema
afternoons, falcon displays, ‘Party in the Park’ and in the last week of 2012 we ran our own ‘Winter Wonderland’. A sense of fun and humour is vital!
The school is committed to recruiting and investing in motivated teachers and
support staff, who are in turn committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for the students. To
support staff welfare, and as part of our recruitment package, we also offer free gym
membership to our school fitness suite and free basic entry healthcare, which covers, physiotherapy,
dental and optician fees.
I hope this has motivated you to come and see us and apply for a position in
the school. We have very ambitious plans for the next stage of the journey and
consequently we hope that you will wish to join us.
Mr J S Ashley
BA (Hons), MA (Ed), NPQH