Welcome to Cantell, a school which is on a journey of rapid improvement and progress in all areas of school life.
OfSTED described Cantell as “aspirational and ambitious for every individual.”We encourage our students to ‘reach for the stars’ and ‘be the best they can be.’
Maintaining challenge, developing creativity, and encouraging commitment and co-operation are core Cantell values, supporting all students to make progress and enjoy success. However, courtesy, with its emphasis on kindness, care and respect is at the ‘heart’ of the Cantell Community and reflected in the comments of a recent visitor to Cantell, who said “this is a calm and happy school – a place I would love to be part of.”
It is a school that I love being a part of – we have created an environment that promotes high standards; mutual respect and creativity. Above all, students at Cantell work hard and enjoy their learning.
I hope our website gives you helpful and relevant information, but please do come to visit Cantell or meet with me, if I can be of any assistance. To arrange a visit/meeting please contact my PA on 023 8051 6722.
Ms R Evans
We offer a full programme of extra curricular activities and clubs to suit all students regardless of ability. Our clubs range from sports to science and sometimes involve participation in national competitions and challenges.
Cantell's excellent learning facilities enable students to push themselves in their subject areas and beyond. Our Specialist School status is reflected in the modern, well-equipped IT learning facilities and dedicated computer/media suites we offer. Cantell boasts spacious art, dance and drama studios, fully equipped technology workshops and a hair and beauty salon.
From rock music to classical, students are given the chance to learn a wide range of musical instruments and showcase their creative skills in a variety of shows organised throughout the year.
We enjoy on-site access to a large sports hall, gym, state-of-the-art fitness suite, hard court area and synthetic pitches as well as regular access to the nearby Southampton Sports Centre. Our extensive sports facilities give all students valuable opportunity not just for recreation, but to discover and develop new talents and interests. Many of our students compete successfully at regional and national level.
Our dedicated and experienced staff team bring learning to life by making the classroom an exciting place to be. There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year for students to enhance their learning elsewhere through our wide range of trips and visits to broaden their horizons, or test their talents through numerous internal and external competitions and challenges.
All students are encouraged to make a positive contribution to the school and wider community. We understand how important it is to recognise the efforts, progress and achievements our students make in their subjects and on a wider level. Every opportunity is taken to reward and celebrate these accomplishments.
Reward trips are highly effective incentives in engaging our students in school life and gaining their commitment to their performance and conduct. These are great events which recognise behaviour, effort, attendance, commitment and homework.
Exemplary students from Year 11 are awarded the additional honour of becoming Prefects and two will be selected as Head Boy and Head Girl, representing the school on formal occasions.
The high point of the year is our Academic Awards Evening which showcases the tremendous talents of our students and shares our immense pride in their achievements with their families.
Our student's progress is central to everything we do. Cantell aims to develop student's understanding, knowledge and communication skills and promote their emotional, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We encourage students to take initiative and take responsibility for their own learning.
Cantell offers a caring and supportive community where students enjoy positive relationships with their teachers and mentors. We lay the foundations of future success by pulling together to foster our student's self-esteem, confidence, talents and abilities. Student progress is monitored very carefully with mentors providing one-to-one pastoral support throughout their time at Cantell.
Student's success at school is only possible with the full support of parents. We aim to work in very close partnership with parents and appreciate the active involvement and encouragement we receive from them.
Cantell equips its students with far more than just skills and relevant qualifications. We also continually strive to help our students to make a positive contribution both in school and outside and give each individual the best possible chance to develop into mature, rounded young adults.
Every member of our school community is expected to be respectful and to show respect and consideration for each other, ourselves, our learning and our environment. We aim to create a safe, responsible and healthy school environment in which students can thrive and take pride.
As recognised by Ofsted during their February 2012 visit, we are very proud of our continuing improvement in results.
Over the last five years, the proportion of students securing 5 or more A*- C GCSEs (including English and Mathematics) has increased from 37% in 2007 to 53% in 2012. We are predicting that in 2013 at least 60% of students will secure 5 or more A*-C GCSEs including English and Mathematics.
The pupil premium is additional funding from the Government which is allocated to schools to help improve outcomes for students from disadvantaged families. This money is used to help students in all years of the school, so that they can achieve well in their GCSEs. Last year we narrowed the gap between the students eligible for pupil premium and the rest of Year 11 by 2 per cent. In time, by using this money wisely, we will close the gap.
Pupil Premium Funding
The level of the premium in 2012-13 is £600 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months.
Cantell Maths and Computing College’s Pupil Premium allocation in the financial year 2012-13 was £240791.
Eligibility for Free School Meals
In England, children are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
• Income Support
• Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
As a parent, if you think you may be eligible to receive Free School Meals please get in contact with Claire Hill in Student Services who will be able to support you in making a confidential application for FSM. firstname.lastname@example.org or 02380 323111.
Allocation of the Pupil Premium at Cantell Maths and Computing College
Each school has flexibility in how it spends the Pupil Premium to maximise outcomes for disadvantaged students. Our approach has been to focus on the following initiatives:
Small teaching groups at key stage 3
Additional teaching groups have been created in years 7, 8 and 9 with dedicated teaching teams for English, maths, science and humanities. This has a specific focus on ‘closing the literacy, numeracy and reading age gap’ for the 14 least able students in each year group.
Small Group Intervention (English, Maths, Reading) 1 to 1 and 1 to few reading, literacy and numeracy intervention conducted by trained tutors. Closely integrated with the work conducted in lessons, this initiative enables underachieving students to make greater than expected progress in targeted topic areas.
Off-site exam revision sessions
High impact revision sessions for Year 11 students. These intensive, full day workshops focus on providing students with the skills and knowledge which is critical to examination success.
The appointment of an attendance officer who has supported FSM students to attend as many sessions as possible. Additional Key Stage 4 sets Average class sizes at Key Stage 4 have been reduced from 24 to 21. Much of the reduction has been focused in middle to low ability sets driving class size down to between 15 and 20 for those students who need the most support.
A number of key stage 4 students are funded to access college courses in either Hair and Beauty or Construction. These courses not only lead to industry recognised qualifications but create post 16 training and education opportunities.
Ofsted describes Cantell as “Aspirational and ambitious for every individual”
Our latest Ofsted report (February 2012) explains that our improvements are not just about results, but all aspects of school life. Read the report in full.