The school is situated in a pleasant residential area on the southern outskirts of the city and draws most of its students from the villages to the south and east of York as well as the York suburbs of Fulford, Fishergate and Heslington. The school’s growth and success can be seen in a number of ways. There has been an extensive building programme in recent years to provide additional specialist classrooms. The level and quality of ICT in the school have seen impressive growth as befits our Maths and Computing specialist status. The school has achieved a variety of Awards including the Healthy Schools Award, the Advanced Inclusion Award, the FA Charter Mark as well awards for excellence in mentoring and the management and development of our support staff.
Fulford School was inspected on 18th and 19th May 2011 by a team of 5 inspectors. The outcome of the inspection was that Fulford School was judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted. The report reflects the excellent leadership and management at the school, the strengths and effectiveness of our curriculum and of our care and guidance systems. Our sixth form was rated outstanding in all three categories, outcomes, quality of provision and for leadership and management and thus outstanding overall. The opening sentence of the report says “What makes Fulford School an outstanding school is that it manages very successfully to promote both the academic and personal development of all its students”. The report goes on to say that “students confirm that they feel very safe in school…. The school is very orderly and there is a strong ethos for learning which supports all students. Behaviour during the inspection was outstanding….. There is no sense of complacency. As a result the capacity for further improvement is outstanding” (OFSTED 2011)
In September 2009 we moved to a vertical tutoring system, replacing our Heads of Year with 4 Directors of Learning each responsible for about 250 students in each House. Although our care and guidance had been judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted in 2003 and 2007 we believed that moving to this system would provide greater opportunities for many more students to take on leadership roles as well as ensuring that we could monitor and track the development of students much more effectively. The net result of this enables subject staff and tutors to work in closer liaison with our Student Support Officers and Directors of Learning to ensure that we fulfil the new school motto, created by the students, “Realising potential, creating the future”.