Beths Grammar School

Name Beths Grammar School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 September 2012
Address Hartford Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1NE
Phone Number 01322556538
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 1495 (87% boys 13% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 3.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Beths Grammar School is a boys’ selective academy which admits girls into the sixth form. It is larger than the average secondary school. It converted to academy status in October 2010, keeping the same name as its predecessor school. It formed the Academy Trust under which it operates as an individual academy with its own governing body. It has retained emphases on technology, including mathematics, science and design and technology, and on languages, which were the specialist subjects in its predecessor school. One quarter of students are from a minority ethnic group, the largest being of Black African heritage, but fewer pupils than average speak a first language other than English. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. There is specialist provision for autism for up to eight students, with seven currently on roll. The proportion of students who are disabled or have special educational needs is below average, as are the proportions of students supported through school action, school action plus or a statement of special educational needs. The academy exceeds the government’s current floor standard which sets the minimum expectation for students’ attainment and progress. The headteacher is a National Leader of Education and the academy is a National Support School and Leadership Partner School, which involves providing support for other schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The academy successfully creates an atmosphere in which all students are extremely keen to learn and work very hard, and where mutual respect fosters an inclusive community focused on everyone reaching their potential. This atmosphere, together with the outstanding teaching, thorough monitoring of students’ attainment and well-targeted support and revision, enables all students to make excellent progress and attain high standards. All students, including those eligible for the pupil premium and those who are disabled or have special educational needs, achieve outstandingly well. Across all key stages and most subjects, the best teaching inspires students and engages them actively in demanding work. There are a few occasions when teaching is less interactive or less well matched to everyone’s needs. The sixth form is outstanding. Students’ outstanding achievement and personal development prepare them exceptionally well for their future and enable them to gain entry to their preferred higher education or training course. Students’ behaviour is outstanding. Students conduct themselves calmly and politely, and feel very safe. Leaders, managers and governors relentlessly pursue higher levels of achievement and personal development for students. They manage staff performance very effectively through a strong emphasis on meeting targets and improving teaching. Their sharp focus on areas of comparative weakness has successfully raised teaching quality and students’ achievement in targeted subjects. The broad range of courses and enrichment activities, responsively tailored to meet students’ needs and aspirations, provides students with highly memorable experiences that contribute to their excellent achievement and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.