|Name||Halcyon London International School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||03 March 2020|
|Address||33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 5AU|
|Number of Pupils||175 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0.0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
What is it like to attend this school?
Pupils’ love of learning shines through at Halcyon. Leaders’ ambition for pupils to achieve their potential is high. Pupils’ quality of work is excellent. Pupils are respectful, self-confident, independent and quietly determined.
Pupils join the school from a variety of education systems. They are quickly helped to get to grips with the school’s ways of learning.
The broad curriculum is exceptionally well designed to support pupils’ academic achievement and personal development. It meets the needs of pupils well in both the middle years and those studying diploma programmes. Additional experiences enhance the curriculum significantly, for example the Model United Nations conference and ‘explorations’ programme.
Pupils are taught and guided well by their teachers. They enthusiastically follow their own lines of enquiry. They undertake much project work to develop knowledge. As a result, they know more and can readily recall and use what they have learned. Pupils complete most of their work online. They become highly skilled and purposeful users of technology.
Pupils spoke of how safe they feel in school. They get on exceptionally well and there is no bullying. This was confirmed in school records. Pupils explained that staff care about them. Pupils receive support should they have concerns or worries.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Everyone at Halcyon is valued and welcomed. The trustees, leaders and staff are all highly committed. They strive for each pupil to achieve their potential. Leaders and staff work exceptionally well. Together, they provide pupils with an excellent quality of education. Staff well-being is a high priority. Staff said leaders are supportive and mindful of their well-being. Leaders’ actions to sustain improvement are exemplary, including through community activities.
Teachers are highly expert in their subjects. They are skilled in the delivery of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. They teach with great enthusiasm. This helps pupils gain deep knowledge and understanding across all subjects. Pupils actively seek additional knowledge. They practise and hone their skills, and they live up to the high expectations set by teachers.
Everyone makes exceptional use of a wide range of technologies. Teachers provide pupils with high-quality presentations. They confidently demonstrate the use of technology in learning, for example the use of sequencing software for composition in music. Pupils access all their teaching resources online. They spoke of the ‘virtual’ classroom, which helps them keep up if they are absent. Pupils are discerning and skilful users of technology. They work online, collating lesson notes into online portfolios. They research and develop high-quality project reports.
The curriculum is well designed, and learning is meticulously planned. Teachers ensure that pupils have the right knowledge before moving on to the next topic. They regularly review the curriculum to improve pupils’ learning. They work together to consider and revise when and how topics are taught.
Teachers are adept at reflecting pupils’ interests in their lessons. They use real life contexts, so pupils understand the purpose of what they are learning. Pupils who need extra help, including those new to the school, receive bespoke support. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are very well supported. This enables them to learn with and keep up with their peers. Pupils’ passion for learning helps them to achieve highly across all subjects.
Pupils are exceptionally polite and courteous. They get on well and are respectful of each other’s differences, uniqueness and views. They are keen learners who are rarely distracted, and they develop highly positive relationships with staff. Pastoral support and pupil care are of the highest quality. Pupils’ attendance is high.
Pupils’ personal development is excellent. It is deeply rooted into every aspect of school life. Pupils become independent and confident learners, developing perseverance and self-esteem. Pupils are well prepared for the next stages of their education. They fully understand their role in modern Britain and as global citizens. Staff make sure that everyone has the same wide-ranging opportunities for personal development, for example residential trips, conferences, and community and service projects. Pupils have regular opportunities to explore new interests and develop their talents. Pupils’ careers education programme ensures that they are well informed and guided on their future pathways.
The trustees and leaders have secure knowledge of the independent school standards. They ensure these are consistently met. The trustees regularly review the effectiveness of policies and practice. They provide clear strategic direction for the school and work with leaders to ensure the highest quality of education and pupils’ development. Leaders ensure that the accommodation used by the school is exceptionally well-kept and resourced. There is no outdoor space, but leaders make sure pupils have opportunities for outdoor recreation throughout the week. Leaders take care to ensure that the school complies with schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Leaders place high priority on pupils’ safeguarding and well-being. Staff are thoroughly trained. A strong culture of shared responsibility permeates the school.
Careful attention is paid to any changes in pupils’ behaviour, attendance and schoolwork. Leaders are vigilant to any concerns raised by staff or pupils. Pupils receive well-planned ongoing and additional support. They feel safe and well cared for. Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe, both online and in everyday life.Proprietors make thorough checks on the suitability of staff. Leaders are diligent in ensuring that all the health and safety requirements are met. Risk assessments, including for off-site activities and trips, are comprehensive.