Forest Gate Community School

Name Forest Gate Community School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 09 February 2016
Address Forest Lane, London, E7 9BB
Phone Number 02085348666
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1128 (61% boys 39% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.0
Academy Sponsor Community Schools Trust
Local Authority Newham
Percentage Free School Meals 23.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 70%
Persisitent Absence 7.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Forest Gate Community School is much larger than the average-sized secondary school and with a below-average proportion of girls. The school is the local authority’s designated secondary school for visually impaired pupils, with four pupils currently on roll. The school serves a diverse community. The proportion of pupils who are of a minority heritage is well above average, while the proportion of those who speak English as an additional language is high. The proportion of pupils on the special educational needs register is in line with the national average and the proportion with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is well below average. A high proportion of pupils are eligible for the additional government funding provided for those eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. Alternative full-time education is provided for nine pupils whose placements with registered providers are made through the local authority. They attend Tunmarsh Centre, City Gateway and the RISE programme. The school runs a breakfast club which is open to all pupils. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher, with the highly effective support of the governing body and current senior leaders, has instigated and developed the school’s ambitious vision among staff, parents and pupils. Since the previous inspection, there is a sharper focus on developing the quality of teaching and learning. The school’s motto, ‘Fly, grow, connect, strive’ underpin the emphasis on teaching and learning. The school has been transformed. As a result, over time the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. This is because there is a relentless focus on developing and using assessment accurately to inform teaching. The school has a very good understanding of how well pupils are achieving and what has to be done to accelerate progress. Monitoring is exemplary. The forensic attention to analysing assessment information contributes to identifying and supporting pupils at risk of underachieving. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. In 2015, outcomes were significantly above average for all pupils, leading to the school being in the top 13% of all schools nationally. Governors have made very good use of the recent review of their work to keep the school’s work under scrutiny. Governors provide challenge and constantly question the school’s effectiveness when evaluating value for money. As a result, the senior leaders have found that there is no hiding place. Outstanding personal development means that pupils are mature and have a positive disposition about learning. Relationships are extremely good. Behaviour is good. The school has a little more to do to develop pupils’ self-discipline. The attendance of a few pupils is not regular. Both the curriculum and increased and individualised support meet the needs of differing groups of pupils, enabling them to flourish. The curriculum programme, including enrichment activities, is a strength of the school’s work. It enables pupils to have a mature grasp of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils have a very good understanding of essential British values such as tolerance, respect and fairness. They are also well versed in keeping safe.