Fulham Cross Academy

Name Fulham Cross Academy
Website http://www.fulhamcrossacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 January 2015
Address Kingwood Road, Fulham Palace Road, London, SW6 6SN
Phone Number 02073813606
Type Academy
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 367 (95% boys 5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.3
Academy Sponsor The Fulham Cross Academy Trust
Local Authority Hammersmith and Fulham
Percentage Free School Meals 32.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 54.2%
Persisitent Absence 17%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Fulham College Boys’ School converted to become an academy school as part of the Fulham College Academy Trust on 1 March 2013. When its predecessor school, Henry Compton Secondary School, was last inspected it was judged to be good. Fulham College Boys’ School is a smaller-than-average 11-16 school. A small Studio school offers a vocational curriculum, as a school within a school, for students aged 14 to 19. A very small number of students at the Studio school are girls. The schools serve a local, culturally diverse community. There are high levels of mobility. The proportion of students who are eligible for additional funding support through the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority) is well above the national average. A very high proportion of students come from ethnic minority groups compared with the national average. Similarly, a very high proportion of students speak English as an additional language. There is a high proportion of students with special educational needs and disabilities. The proportion of students supported with a statement is above the national average. Typically, the attainment of students on entry to the school is significantly below the national average. The government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress, was met in 2014. The school collaborates with a local specialist setting for autism, Queensmill Special School. A small number of students have dual registration. Their primary registration is with the specialist provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The Executive Principal and other senior leaders convey, with conviction, their belief in each student’s right to be valued and to succeed in their learning. Leaders provide an appropriate curriculum for students with different needs. They check the effectiveness of the school carefully. They know the strengths and weaknesses of the school well. Middle leaders are effective in checking how well students are achieving and putting in place measures to improve progress where it is needed. Teaching is typically good. There are some examples of very effective teaching. The work done to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is effective. Directors are careful to ensure that students are kept safe. They hold leaders to account for students’ achievement. There are strong systems for checking the quality of teaching and coaching to improve it. Students achieve well over time. Students with different needs are well supported. Attainment in vocational subjects is high. The sixth form is effective. Students achieve well and are well cared for. They receive good advice and guidance. The school keeps students safe. Students behave well in lessons and around the school. This helps them learn well. The Studio school successfully provides vocational education in Key Stages 4 and 5. Collaboration with the separate specialist setting for autism supports high quality provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The achievement of students varies across some subjects. Not enough teaching is outstanding to secure outstanding progress for students.