Bentley Wood High School


Name Bentley Wood High School
Website http://www.bentleywood.harrow.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 May 2012
Address Clamp Hill, Stanmore, HA7 3JW
Phone Number 02089543623
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 1205 (100% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Academy Sponsor The Bentley Wood Trust
Local Authority Harrow
Percentage Free School Meals 16.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 72.3%

Information about the school

This is an average-sized girls secondary school. Most students are from backgrounds other than White British. Approximately two thirds of students speak English as an additional language.The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of students supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school recruits students from over 50 primary schools and has a high mobility rate of students; some do not start or complete their education at the school. The school holds the Sportsmark, Artsmark, Healthy Schools, the Princess Diana and Basic Skills Awards. The school converted to academy status in August 2011. The school specialises in mathematics, computing and science. It exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The sixth form works in collaboration as part of Harrow Collegiate.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school which is highly inclusive. The senior leaders possess a relentless drive and ambition in ensuring that every individual succeeds. The school’s motto, ‘learning today: leading tomorrow’ permeates through students’ attitudes and the commitment of staff; all are united in working together. Achievement is outstanding. Students’ progress is exceptional, resulting in above average attainment. This is especially strong in English, and their specialist status subjects, in particular, mathematics and science. Increasing numbers of students are attaining the highest grades at GCSE across many subjects. Outstanding teaching stimulates the students’ passion, igniting their enthusiasm and interests for learning. Teachers skilfully plan a range of activities that are very well sequenced and meet the needs of all learners. The quality of assessment is exemplary and information gathered is used very effectively to accelerate students’ progress. Students’ behaviour around the school and their attitudes to learning in lessons are exemplary. Exceptional relationships exist between students which are developed through a culture of trust and learning. They support and stimulate each other to learn even more. Students understand the importance of safety and also make significant contributions to the life of the school and to the work of charities. The headteacher, governing body and senior and middle leadership teams collectively provide outstanding leadership in driving improvements and raising standards. The leadership of teaching and management of performance are highly effective. The curriculum is very well matched to students’ needs and promotes student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. The sixth form is good. It is small but growing in size, and improving. Achievement is good and is rapidly rising as a result of increasingly effective teaching. Actions undertaken have accelerated achievement at AS level but have yet to impact at A2 level over time.