Cranford Community College

Name Cranford Community College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD
Phone Number 02088972001
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1465 (52.6% boys 47.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.0
Academy Sponsor Cranford Community College
Local Authority Hounslow
Percentage Free School Meals 21.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 79%
Persistent Absence 7.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 October 2012)
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Information about this school

Cranford Community College is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The larger-than- average sized sixth form has an increasing number of students on roll. Cranford Community College converted to become an academy school on 1 April 2011. When its predecessor school, Cranford Community College was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. The vast majority of students are from minority ethnic groups and two thirds of these speak English as an additional language. The largest groups of students are of Indian, Pakistani and Black African heritage. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals and to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funds) is very significantly above that found nationally. The Literacy and Numeracy College (LNC) is an on-site centre and is used for the additional support of these students. The proportion of students identifed as disabled, or with special educational needs is above the national average. The majority of these have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties and are supported by school action. The proportion of students with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. These students have moderate learning difficulties and are supported by school action plus in the Three Bridges Twilight School (TBT), an on-site unit. The TBT also serves to educate those students who are excluded from lessons for a fixed amount of time. A small number of students attend vocational, work-related courses at West Thames College. The school has specialist status in foreign languages. The school is currently above the government’s floor standard, which is the minimum expected standard for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students make excellent progress and do very well in their GCSE results. Those who come to the school with weaker skills make up ground quickly. Students who benefit from extra funding also make excellent progress. Students have exemplary attitudes to learning and their behaviour is outstanding. They prosper in the community atmosphere and learn to respect and tolerate other people. The sixth form is outstanding. Students thrive and do extremely well. This puts them in a very strong position for their future. Disabled students and those who need extra help make exceptional progress, especially in English. Students who are behind in their reading and mathematics catch up quickly. Students who speak English as an additional language reach high standards. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers plan stimulating and well-organised lessons and build on students’ high levels of motivation. The headteacher’s leadership is exceptional. The senior staff and governors work very well as a team and set high standards for the students and staff. Consequently, all students, regardless of their backgrounds and abilities, are successful in their learning.