Central Foundation Girls’ School

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Central Foundation Girls’ School


Name Central Foundation Girls’ School
Website http://www.central.towerhamlets.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Bow Road, London, E3 2AE
Phone Number 02089811131
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 1513 (100% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 12.5
Local Authority Tower Hamlets
Percentage Free School Meals 39.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 49.1%
Persisitent Absence 7.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (18 October 2016)
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Information about this school

Central Foundation Girls’ School is larger than the average-sized 11–19 secondary school. Almost three quarters of the pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is above average. The vast majority of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The largest group is from Bangladeshi heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average, though many are advanced bilingual learners. The proportion of pupils who receive special educational needs support is in line with the national average. The number of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs, or those with an education, health and care plan, is below the national average. Pupils’ attainment on entry to key stage 3 is in line with the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and other leaders have very high aspirations for the girls in their care. They have successfully created a happy, warm and nurturing community where pupils thrive both academically and emotionally. Leaders have a clear vision for the school and an accurate understanding of the strengths and areas for further improvement. Teachers know their pupils well. They plan engaging activities that build on pupils’ prior knowledge. Pupils have high aspirations for their studies and future employment. They enjoy coming to school and work extremely hard. Their conduct is impeccable. Attendance is much higher than the national average. Leaders promote British values effectively. Pupils are proud of their school and understand their citizenship role in modern society. Governors are an experienced team who challenge school leaders effectively. They understand their strategic role and ensure that statutory safeguarding procedures are in place. The 16 to 19 study programmes offer a range of appropriate courses taught in a professional and stimulating environment. The majority of students go on to chosen universities. All pupils make good progress from their different starting points. While in some subjects, they make substantial progress, this is not yet the case across all areas. Students make very good progress on vocational courses in the 16 to 19 provision. However, there is variability in the progress made on academic courses.