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Students' progress from their starting points to the end of Key Stage 4 is significantly better than that of students nationally, particularly in English and mathematics. Students who are eligible for pupil premium funding make excellent progress from their starting points and are quickly catching up with their peers. Students' attainment at GCSE has improved rapidly since the academy opened in 2011.
Students behave impeccably well and feel extremely safe. Safeguarding arrangements are robust. Students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted exceptionally well through an impressive range of extra-curricular... opportunities.
Over a third of teaching is outstanding and the overall proportion of good and better teaching is high. The sixth form is good and student achievement is improving strongly, particularly in vocational subjects. The headteacher's drive and enthusiasm has created a whole-academy ethos of high aspirations and expectations in which students thrive.
Governors know the academy very well and make an impressive contribution to driving improvements, particularly in teaching and achievement. Students and staff have excellent relationships founded on mutual respect. Parents, staff and students share exceedingly positive views about the academy.
Information about this school
Clapton Girls' Academy is an average-sized secondary school, with a small sixth form. It converted to become an academy in September 2011. When its predecessor school, Clapton Girl's Technology College, was last inspected by Ofsted in May 2008, it was judged to be outstanding.
The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium (which provides additional funding for students in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals and those whose parents are in the armed services) is much higher than that found nationally, and is increasing. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is much higher than that found nationally. The proportion of students for whom English is not their first language is much higher than that found nationally.
The proportions of students registered as disabled or with a statement of special educational needs and those supported at school action plus are below average. The proportion of students supported at school action is above average. The proportion of students joining or leaving the school at other than the usual times is broadly average.
A small proportion of students attend part-time education at alternative provision. In 2012-13, four students attended a creative business enterprise course at New Regents College and one student attended Hackney City Farm. The school's performance meets the government's floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress.