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This is a school that requires improvement Teaching is not strong enough, especially at key stage 3. Sometimes, the work pupils are given is not challenging and inspiring, and pupils do not finish their work. Pupils' attitudes to learning require improvement.
Although pupils' behaviour has improved, too often, pupils' punctuality to lessons is poor. In lessons where teaching is ineffective in the management of pupils' behaviour, pupils disrupt learning. Pupils do not routinely make strong progress across the key stages and subjects.
As a result, they do not reach the standards of which they are capable. Leaders have reduced the number of fixed-term and permane...nt exclusions. Nevertheless, the proportions of excluded pupils are still above average.
The school has the following strengths The new headteacher and governing body, well supported by senior and middle leaders, are taking decisive action to improve the school. The impact of their leadership is evident in better teaching and pupils' progress, mainly at key stage 4, and in pupils' behaviour. The morale of staff and pupils is mostly high.
The leadership of teaching and learning is good. Leaders and teachers benefit from effective professional development which is helping the school to improve. Pupils' attendance has improved and is in line with the national average.
The school provides pupils with good pastoral care to support their welfare and safety. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and those pupils who speak English as an additional language benefit from effective support. This helps them to access the full curriculum and develops their social skills well.
The curriculum offers pupils a range of enrichment activities and opportunities to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.
Information about this school
The school became part of the Islington Futures Federation 1 September 2018. The federation is made up of two secondary and two primary schools and the executive headteacher has oversight of all four schools.
At the time of the inspection, the school was named Holloway School. As of June 1 2019, the school was renamed Beacon High. The federation has one governing body, with individual school committees and two federation-wide committees.
A small number of pupils attend off-site alternative provision. Providers include New River College, the local pupil referral unit to help pupils modify their behaviours; North East London College; Westminster Arts Council for vocational courses; and Academy 21, an online home-tutoring provision. There have been several changes to senior leadership this year.
The headteacher took up his substantive post in September 2018. At the same time, the new federation governing body replaced the former governing body and the executive headteacher, working closely with the headteacher, took responsibility for the federation oversight of the school. Two acting deputy headteachers assumed their substantive roles at the start of this term.