Chessington School

Name Chessington School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 November 2014
Address Garrison Lane, Chessington, KT9 2JS
Phone Number 02089741156
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 445 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Local Authority Kingston upon Thames
Percentage Free School Meals 16.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.3%
Persisitent Absence 14.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 23.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Chessington Community College is a non-selective secondary modern school in an area in which there are a number of selective schools. It is smaller than the average secondary school. Numbers have reduced slightly since the last inspection. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is slightly below average. The main group represented in the college is White British. The proportion of students who are disabled or with special educational needs is slightly below average. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is average. The proportion of students for whom the college receives the pupil premium (additional government funding to support students known to be entitled to free school meals and children who are looked after) is above average. A small number of students attend Malden Oaks Pupil Referal Unit and the Anstee Bridge project, alternative provisions managed by the local authority. A small number also study vocational subjects at Kingston College. The college meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From their below-average starting points, students learn well and make good progress. Since the previous inspection, achievement has risen at a faster-than-average rate. The proportion of students gaining five or more GCSE grades at A* to C, including English and mathematics, is now above average. Good or better teaching focuses on what students need to do to improve. Teaching is informed by precise knowledge of individual learners so that lesson planning is based on aiding progress. The curriculum is strengthened by the high quality of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Students in the sixth form speak highly of the good teaching and guidance they receive, and of the way in which they are prepared for the future. Achievement in the sixth form is above average and improving. Students’ good behaviour reflects the ambition of the college’s community. They are proud of their school and of the improvements it has made. Safeguarding of students is outstanding. Parents and pupils express the view that the college is a safe and enjoyable place in which to learn. Leaders at all levels have had an ambitious and unstinting focus on improvement since the last inspection. Checks on the quality of teaching and the progress of different groups of students are rigorous and frequent. Governors have an improved understanding of performance and hold leaders to account. As a result, achievement and attitudes have improved rapidly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement in modern foreign languages and geography is below average. The gaps between the progress of those students for whom the college receives additional funding and all students nationally are not closing consistently or quickly enough, particularly in mathematics. Teaching does not always motivate students to apply themselves, match work to their needs or teach them to take responsibility for their own learning. The governing body lacks its full complement of parents members. The college’s leaders do not sufficiently involve parents in helping the college to improve.