Greenshaw High School

Name Greenshaw High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Grennell Road, Sutton, SM1 3DY
Phone Number 02087151001
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1828 (52.8% boys 47.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.8
Academy Sponsor Greenshaw Learning Trust
Local Authority Sutton
Percentage Free School Meals 20.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 31.5%
Persistent Absence 13.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 June 2012)
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Information about the school

Greenshaw High School is a larger-than-average-sized secondary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. Most students are of White British heritage. The school has an integrated speech and language unit and the proportion of disabled students and supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is higher than the national figure. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. It has gained various awards including the British Council Global Schools award. Since the last inspection a new headteacher has been appointed who has been in post for two and a half years.

Key findings

This is a good school. It is justifiably rated very highly by students and their parents and carers. Students’ attainment is above average, as a result of carefully planned and motivational teaching. Behaviour is exemplary. The headteacher provides inspirational leadership, ensuring that teachers and leaders at all levels are ambitious for students and highly effective in driving improvement. Overall effectiveness is not outstanding because teaching is not yet consistently leading to outstanding progress. The sixth form is outstanding. The school sets ambitious targets for all students and their progress is rigorously monitored at school, group and individual level. Achievement is good overall and outstanding in the sixth form. Teaching is typically good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers are knowledgeable and keen to explore innovative approaches to accelerate learning. Learning is exceptional when tasks are skilfully matched to the needs of students and present a high level of challenge. In a small minority of lessons however, where assessment information or the use of additional adults does not influence planning enough, students’ progress is slower. Students’ behaviour is outstanding. The highly inclusive nature of the school, along with its clear ambition for all students to succeed, promotes a keen enthusiasm for learning. Leaders and managers at all levels, including the governing body, know the school well. Their drive for high quality teaching is unrelenting and staff performance is robustly monitored. Their influence and effectiveness are outstanding, resulting in students and staff that are keenly supportive and ready to continually challenge themselves to ‘be remarkable’. The headteacher is conspicuous in his visibility. The approach is highly effective; all parties are determined to follow his lead and raise their game to the level of outstanding. The combination of positive student attitudes and the outstanding curricular offer ensure that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development provided is exceptional.