Statutory Information

This part of our website provides the key information about Herschel Grammar School that the statutory requirements demand - please contact the school if you would like any further information.

A new privacy law came into effect in the UK on 25 May 2018. As a result, we’re publishing a new Privacy Policy to make it easier for you to find out how we use and protect pupil, parent and employee data and how information is used across Herschel Grammar School.

Herschel Grammar School remains the data controller for information. As the data controller, Herschel Grammar School, is responsible for deciding how information is used and ensuring it is private and secure.

In general Herschel Grammar School will not be changing how we use information but we are making adjustments to increase the security of information, how we risk assess compliance and how we seek consent.

Our new privacy notices will provide additional details including:

  • Increased Rights
  • How we keep data
  • Types of data we hold
  • Legal grounds for how we use data.

Privacy Notice - Data Protection Act 1998

Herschel Grammar School are a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect personal information from you and may receive information about you from your previous school and the Learning Records Service.

We hold this personal data to: 

  • Support your learning;
  • Monitor and report on your progress;
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care, and
  • Assess how well we are doing.

Information about you that we hold includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information[1] and personal characteristics such as your ethnic group, any special educational needs you may have and relevant medical information. If you are enrolling for post 14 qualifications the Learning Records Service will give us your unique learner number (ULN) and may also give us details about your learning or qualifications.

Once you are aged 13 or over, we are required by law to pass on certain information to providers of youth support services in your area. This is the local authority support service for young people aged 13 to 19 in England. We must provide the names and addresses of you and your parent(s), and any further information relevant to the support services’ role.  We may also share data with post 16 providers to secure appropriate support on entry to post 16 provision.

However, parent(s) can ask that no information beyond names, addresses and your date of birth be passed to the support service. This right transfers to you on your 16th birthday. Please tell the school Business Managerif youwish to opt out of this arrangement. For more information about young people’s services, please go to the National Careers Service page at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/aboutus/Pages/default.aspx 

We will not give information about you to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to.

We are required by law to pass some information about you to the Department for Education (DfE) and, in turn, this will be available for the use of the LA.

If you want to receive a copy of the information about you that we hold or share, please contact the school Business Manager.

We are required by law to pass some information about you to the Department for Education (DfE) and, in turn, this will be available for the use of the LA.

If you need more information about how the LA and DfE store and use your information, then please go to the following websites: www.slough.gov.uk  or https://www.gov.uk/data-protection-how-we-collect-and-share-research-data 

If you cannot access these websites, please contact the LA or DfE as follows:

  • LA - School Services Helpdesk: 01753 875700 or e-mail edhelp@slough.gov.uk
  • DFE Public Communications Unit, Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

Email: http://www.education.gov.uk/help/contactus

Telephone: 0370 000 2288

You can also download this document as a PDF - see below.

Please download below our Mental Health Charter.

What is the Pupil Premium?

Every school has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential. At Herschel we have uniformly high expectations of all learners.

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative providing additional funding to schools in order to raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and close the gap between them and their peers. Nationally, statistics indicate that pupils in receipt of free school meals do not achieve as well as other pupils. 

The additional funding received by the school is based upon the number of pupils eligible for free school meals at any time in the preceding six years, which the Department for Education uses as an indicator of disadvantage. Schools also receive some funding for children of service personnel and can apply for funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The aim of this funding is to enable schools to provide direct, appropriate support for these pupils.

Students in the Sixth Form are not included in the Pupil Premium calculation – there is a separate 16-19 Bursary Fund to provide financial support to Sixth Form students whose families are on low incomes. However, it remains a focus at Herschel to ensure that A Level students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve as well as their peers.

The Pupil Premium rates are £985 for each eligible pupil and £310 for children of members of the armed forces.

How will the Pupil Premium funding be used at Herschel Grammar School?

The Department for Education does not dictate how schools should spend the Pupil Premium funding;  schools should use strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’ between them and their peers.

In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged in the same ways.  We also recognise that not all pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are registered for or qualify for free school meals.  We therefore allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils we have identified as being disadvantaged or vulnerable.

We believe that support for Pupil Premium learners is at its most effective when it is tailored to the specific needs of that individual. Some examples of how Herschel uses Pupil Premium funding are listed below:

  • To invest in the professional development of teachers as provision of high quality teaching is at the heart of our offer as a learning community
  • The provision of resources that will allow learners to access the curriculum in full e.g. support with access to IT or other learning resources
  • To provide a culturally-rich curriculum for all learners by subsidising enrichment activities e.g. educational visits, peripatetic music lessons
  • To provide additional guidance with “Next Steps” as learners move on from GCSE/ A Level programmes
  • To allow for smaller class sizes and a varied curriculum
  • To fund time spent on the collection and analysis of pupil data to allow for focused intervention

The proportion of disadvantaged students at Herschel Grammar School is relatively low. However, these students almost always achieve very well. Further details can be found in the annual report published on the school website.

Claiming free school meals

The school currently receives £985 for each pupil who is eligible for free school meals, to help them and others access additional learning experiences and resources.  If you are eligible but don’t want your son or daughter to have free school meals, please still apply so the school receives the additional funding.  The free school meals system is managed with complete discretion; for further information on eligibility and how to apply click here.

Michael Bourne

Click on the download below to read the school's most recent Ofsted report from September 2012 or click here to go to the report on the Ofsted website.

“Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are outstanding and contribute to the calm, purposeful ethos in the school and to their progress in lessons.”

“Pupils thrive in the school’s academic, yet very caring and secure, environment.”

“Pupils’ behaviour and attitude to learning are real strengths. Pupils behave politely and with courtesy in lessons and around the school.” 

“Arrangements for performance management and appraisal are excellent. Teachers new to the school and to teaching are very well supported. Staff value the process and opportunities for professional development.” 

“GCSE results have been consistently well above the national averages over the past five years” 

“Teachers have very high expectations. They draw on their very strong subject knowledge to pose challenging questions and to set pupils demanding tasks, to which pupils respond with interest and enthusiasm. The level of discussion is inspiring. Pupils regularly engage in high level challenging philosophical and theoretical discussions.”

Click on the logo below to view the Department for Education's School Performance Tables for Herschel Grammar School.

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Herschel Grammar has a whole school approach to SEND provision. As stated in the SEN Code of Practice 2015, every teacher has a responsibility to provide appropriate support and differentiation to ensure all students and all needs are catered for to make progress possible for all students.

Students with additional needs will:

  • have the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced education;
  • be positively encouraged to participate in the life and work of the school to the best of their abilities, whatever their needs;
  • be given help and guidance to prepare them for adulthood, including independent living and employment.

Additional Needs Coordinator

Our Additional Needs Coordinator is Miss Betty Ritson. She can be contacted initially through the main school email address mail@herschel.slough.sch.uk or phone number 01753 520950.

Special Educational Needs policy and SEND information report

Our Special Educational Needs policy and SEND information report aims to:

  • Set out how the school will support and make provision for students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in providing for students with particular individual needs.

Please click to access the SEND Information Report for 2021-22 - see download below.

Please click here to access the current Special Educational Needs Policy. 

Slough Local Offer

The following link will take you to the School's entry in the Slough Local Offer: https://www.sloughfamilyservices.org.uk/kb5/sloughcst/directory/organisation.page?id=uZsGvUML8rA 

School Results 2022

Despite all of the difficulties, disruption and challenges faced since the start of the pandemic our school community has risen to the various challenges and surpassed all previous records. It has been truly wonderful to share in so many successes and see the delight on so many faces when our students received their results in August.

To give you a flavour of our success we have included some key figures.

2022 has seen another record set of results.  We are so pleased to announce that 58% of our grades at GCSE were graded 8 or grade 9 in 2022. 

School GCSE Results 2018 - 2022

 

2018

2019

2020*

2021*

2022

5+ 9-4 grades inc. English & Maths

98%

99%

100

99%

100%

AVG Points Per Pupil

64

70

73

72.5

73.3

Avg. Points Per Entry

6.5

7.15

7.4

7.4

7.52

Grades 9 -8

28%

47%

51%

53%

58%

Grades 9 – 7

52%

69%

77%

77%

79%

Grades 9 – 5

90%

95%

98%

98%

98%

Grades 9 - 4

97%

98%

99%

99.8%

99.8%

Progress 8

+0.59

+0.99

1.02**

+0.73**

+0.74**

% Students entering Ebacc

33.7%

41%

25%

83.6%

83.2%

*results based on centre and teacher assessed grades **provisional calculations.

GCSE 2022 Results

 

A Level Results 2022

Our A-level results this year were truly remarkable.  Year 13 students have risen to the challenge and achieved some of our best A-level results ever.

Below is a summary of our grades and the point scores.  These figures tell you the average grade and average points that students achieved in their academic qualifications. A points value is given to all qualifications so you can compare qualifications of different levels, size and grading systems. The number of points are based on the challenge and size of a qualification.

The average grade at the A level is a Grade B which is very credible and represents excellent attainment. 

 

 

 

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