|Name||Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||14 October 2014|
|Address||Belltrees Grove, London, SW16 2HY|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||1235 (54% boys 46% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||13.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||43.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||6.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School is a larger-than-average secondary school with a sixth form. The school is a voluntary aided maintained school, which has had specialist status in mathematics and computing for some time. The proportion of students eligible for support through the pupil premium is broadly in line with the national average. A very high proportion of students come from ethnic minority groups and a very high proportion of students speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students supported at school action is lower than average; the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above the national average. The school does not make use of any alternative provision for its students. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4. The school also meets the minimum standards for performance in the sixth form.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The outstanding vision and aspiration of the headteacher and senior staff motivate students of every ability to learn as well as they can, in a safe and secure environment. Governors are rigorous in holding the school to account. Strategic decisions have ensured that the school’s high performance has been sustained and improved. The school provides outstanding pastoral support. This helps all students to remain engaged and motivated to learn. Their exceptionally positive attitude to learning is a major contribution to their achievement. Vulnerable students and those with special education needs or disabilities are very well supported. They achieve very well from their starting points. Attainment is exceptionally high across a wide range of subjects, including at the highest levels. Almost all students make exceptional progress. Students behave extremely well in and out of the classroom. They feel safe and show high levels of respect for each other, their staff and the school environment. The dynamic and carefully planned curriculum is well matched to the needs of students and is successfully tailored to meet the needs of different abilities and those with specific needs. The wide range of extra-curricular activities available enriches and broadens students’ learning further. The school ensures that students learn about other faiths and lifestyles. This leads them to be tolerant and respectful of others and actively promotes fundamental British values. The sixth form is outstanding. It provides a strong balance of academic and vocational courses and students achieve very well. It is very successful in helping students in moving on to higher education or training.