The FitzWimarc School is a popular, large mixed comprehensive school for students aged 11 to 16. It has 1348 students drawn from the community of Rayleigh where unemployment and deprivation are low. Fewer than one student in twenty is known to be eligible for free school meals, which is well below the national average. Some 6% of students are from ethnic minority groups. This figure is below both the Essex and national averages. The proportion of students who have reached the expected standard when they join the school in Year 7 is close to the national average. The number of students who have been identified as having learning difficulties and/or disabilities is low but an increasing proportion of these have Statements of Special Educational Needs. The school was designated a Mathematics and Computing College in September 2009.