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This is an outstanding school All leaders, including governors, have the highest ambition for all pupils.
Only the best will do. Such high expectations have ensured that the school offers an exceptional quality of education. The quality of training for teachers and leaders is first class.
It fully challenges and supports them to fulfil their potential. As a result, teaching is highly effective across the school. Leaders constantly keep the curriculum under review.
For example, in offering new courses at key stage 4 that will challenge and inspire pupils. A priority is also placed on helping pupils to manage their emotional well-being. This starts from... Year 7.
Pupils effectively learn how to become more resilient and to manage any stress or anxiety that they may be feeling. Almost all groups of pupils, including the most able, consistently make exceptional progress across the curriculum. For example, by the end of key stage 4, pupils' progress across all subjects, including English and mathematics, is consistently significantly above the national average.
Parents and carers have high levels of confidence in all aspects of the school's work. In the words of one: 'I absolutely know that this school has prepared my children in the best possible way.' Pupils make exceptional progress because their teachers challenge them to think deeply about their learning.
Teachers know their pupils exceptionally well and carefully select tasks and activities that fully meet their needs. Pupils have high expectations of themselves. They fully enjoy learning and they behave very well.
Pupils are extremely confident and articulate young people. Outcomes in the rapidly growing sixth form are outstanding. Students achieve exceptionally well from their different starting points.
They are carefully encouraged and supported in becoming independent young adults. Students were full of confidence in talking about the high-quality teaching and support that they are receiving. Pupils thrive at the school.
As a result, overall attendance for most groups is high. Although improving, the attendance of disadvantaged pupils is not as high as it is for non-disadvantaged pupils. The school ensures that pupils and students are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain and the next steps in their lives.
Information about this school
The school is a teaching school and the headteacher is a national leader of education. The school formally supports several other schools with their school improvement work. The school is one of two schools in the Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust.
The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is well above the national average. The proportion that speak English as an additional language is broadly in line with the national average.
A small number of pupils are educated in alternative, off-site provision either on a full-time or part-time basis. This includes Malden Oaks, the local authority pupil unit, Kingston College and Richmond College. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress by the time they leave school.
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