Caterham High School

Name Caterham High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 18 September 2018
Address Caterham Avenue, Clayhall, Ilford, Essex, IG5 0QW
Phone Number 02085514321
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1062 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.6
Local Authority Redbridge
Percentage Free School Meals 21.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 53.2%
Persisitent Absence 22.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Caterham High School is larger than the average-sized school in England. The number of pupils at the school has fallen over the past few years. It caters for pupils aged 11 to 18. The headteacher took up her appointment in September 2018. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils who receive special educational needs support is below average. The proportion who have an education, health and care plan is above average. The school has a unit for 20 pupils with hearing impairment. The school makes use of the local authority’s pupil referral unit.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Pupils’ progress is not consistently strong, especially in mathematics, where standards are below average. This means that some pupils do not do as well as they should, including the most able and disadvantaged pupils. There are inconsistencies in the quality of teaching across the school. In some subjects, learning is not planned to help pupils make progress. Where teaching is not effective, pupils are not given work that stretches them or the knowledge to tackle more difficult work. The governing body’s oversight of the school is not rigorous enough. Governors are too ready to accept what they are told, and do not routinely ask searching questions. Despite improvements in 2018, examination results are still lower than they should be. Not enough pupils reach the higher grades in mathematics. The school has the following strengths The new headteacher is making a substantial difference to the quality of pupils’ experiences. As a result, achievement is improving. The headteacher’s purposeful leadership has energised leaders throughout the school. There is absolute clarity about what needs to improve and how this is to be done. Pupils’ behaviour is consistently good in lessons and around the school. They are respectful of others and contribute positively to the school’s work and culture. Examination results in the sixth form have improved well. Students’ achievements enable them to take the next step in their lives with confidence. The curriculum is increasingly effective in giving pupils the knowledge and skills to tackle more advanced work. Leaders have improved the way they track pupils’ achievements. Pupils who need help to catch up their learning are identified quickly and given effective support.