Forest Hill School

Name Forest Hill School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 06 December 2017
Address Dacres Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 2XN
Phone Number 02086999343
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 1251 (98% boys 2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.9
Local Authority Lewisham
Percentage Free School Meals 17.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20.7%
Persisitent Absence 16.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Forest Hill School is larger than the average-sized school for pupils aged 11 to 18. The sixth form is run jointly in a partnership between Forest Hill School and Sydenham School. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of pupils who receive special educational needs support is well above average. The proportion with a statement of special educational need or an education, health and care plan is above average. A small number of pupils attend alternative provision on other sites recommended by the local authority. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Although there are signs of improvement, pupils’ achievements have been low for several years, including those of disadvantaged pupils. Important weaknesses remain in teaching and learning. Teaching quality varies within and across subjects. As a result, teaching does not have a consistently strong enough impact on pupils’ achievement. Recent difficulties have slowed the rate of improvement. Significant developments in the way the school is led and managed have not yet had sufficient impact on raising standards. Behaviour requires improvement because too many pupils lack the motivation and drive to succeed consistently well across all subjects. The school has the following strengths The school has robust procedures to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare. Pupils are cared for well. They are helped to overcome social and personal challenges. Leaders and managers, including governors, have taken bold decisions to improve the school’s organisation and routines. As a result, the school is well placed to move forward. Good provision in the sixth form is the result of strong leadership and effective teaching. Students are supported well so that they are able to make the most of the opportunities available. Some teaching is effective, including for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. Where this is the case, pupils make good progress.