Coombe Girls’ School


Name Coombe Girls’ School
Website http://www.coombegirlsschool.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 May 2013
Address Clarence Avenue, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 3TU
Phone Number 02089421242
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 1343 (5% boys 95% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.6
Academy Sponsor Coombe Academy Trust
Local Authority Kingston upon Thames
Percentage Free School Meals 10.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 34.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Coombe Girls’ School is larger than the average-sized secondary school with a sixth form. Although the students in Key Stages 3 and 4 are all girls, approximately 30% of the sixth formers are boys. The proportion of students for whom the school receives the pupil premium is below average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those students who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after.) At Coombe, almost all the students eligible for the pupil premium are those known to be entitled to free school meals and this proportion is much lower than the national average. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school has a multi-ethnic community evenly balanced between White British and minority ethnic groups. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The school is being managed by a headteacher who is also overseeing the work of Coombe Boys’ School as part of the Coombe Secondary Schools Federation. There are currently five students attending alternative provision at Mecklenburg and Malden Oaks Pupils Referral Unit. Coombe Girls’ School converted to become an academy in February 2012. When its predecessor school, also known as Coombe Girls’ School, was last inspected by Ofsted in November 2007, it was judged to be outstanding.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students’ achievement in Key Stages 3 and 4 is excellent. The standards they are reaching overall in Year 11 are considerably higher than the national average. This represents outstanding progress as the majority of students start at the school with attainment that is broadly average. Students do extremely well in English and mathematics. They make outstanding progress, well above typical expectations. Teaching is of exceptionally high quality. Teachers have high ambitions for their students. They support them very well to ensure they succeed in their next stage of education or employment. The school has a whole range of help available for those students who need extra support, such as those who speak English as an additional language, as well as disabled students and those who have special educational needs. As a result, all make excellent progress from their different starting points. The headteacher is inspirational and has set high goals for each of the students in the school. The staff overwhelmingly support her vision. In its short history the school has hugely flourished under her leadership. The governing body is well equipped with a whole range of expertise to support and give high levels of challenge in equal measure. Leaders across the school constantly follow the example set by the headteacher and they share the same high ambitions to improve outcomes for all the students. As a result, the students’ experience has been enriched and this has had a positive impact in improving their lives. Students’ behaviour is exemplary both in and out of class. They have an excellent relationship with each other even though they come from a whole range of different backgrounds. They feel very safe in the school. The sixth form is good. Students make excellent progress in Year 12, particularly at AS level. However, achievement is not outstanding in Year 13 and attendance rates in Year 13 are not as high as those in the rest of the school.