Chelsea Academy


Name Chelsea Academy
Website http://chelsea-academy.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 23 May 2012
Address Lots Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0AB
Phone Number 02073763019
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1137 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.7
Academy Sponsor Diocese Of London
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 27.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 45.2%
Persisitent Absence 14.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Chelsea Academy admitted its first group of Year 7 students in 2009 into temporary accommodation. It moved in September 2010 to the current high-quality premises that were long-listed for the 2011 RIBA Stirling Prize. Staffing levels are increasing steadily as the academy grows each year with a new intake. It opened to sixth form students in September 2011. The academy’s specialism is in science. The proportion of students from minority ethnic heritages is high. The number of first languages spoken other than English is extensive. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is high. The academy is sponsored by the London Diocesan Board for Schools and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs on ‘school action plus’ is broadly average, but few students have a statement of special educational needs. Many students speak English as an additional language, but not at an early stage. The academy’s performance against current floor standards (national minimum expectations for attainment and progress) will be known when the first group of Year 11 students complete their GCSE examinations in July 2014. The academy has been awarded the Investors in People Gold standard.

Key findings

Chelsea Academy is an outstanding academy. It inspires students to excel. The academy is a cohesive community that successfully nurtures talent in students and staff alike. Students are highly motivated and achieve high standards in personal development as well as academic and intellectual pursuits. They make exceptional progress because the secure and supportive learning environment builds on individual strengths, cultivates a passion for learning and provides students with opportunities to broaden their understanding. Teaching is stimulating and supportive. The pursuit of consistently outstanding teaching is increasingly being met because of the commitment and dedication of the staff. Students and teachers work cooperatively in lessons to ensure that best use is made of learning time. Staff occasionally miss opportunities to stretch some students to be more creative in their learning. Behaviour is outstanding. The students are excellent ambassadors for their academy, with a passion for learning. They are polite, well meaning, inquisitive and fun to talk to. They appreciate the need for the academy’s high expectations and surpass them most of the time. They appreciate how their behaviour contributes to their success and how the systems in the academy support them. The atmosphere in the academy is one of tolerance, sharing and learning together. Leadership and management are of exceptionally high quality. Performance management is praised by staff for its highly developmental impact. The Principal has guided the academy’s growth with clear and successful planning and a drive for ensuring success for students. Leaders at all levels contribute to the inclusive ethos. They develop students’ aspirations, strong spiritual, social moral and cultural values, and high levels of achievement very successfully. The sixth form is outstanding. A supportive culture and range of courses have attracted students who are making outstanding progress and achieving extremely well.