Harlington School

Name Harlington School
Website http://www.harlingtonschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 January 2015
Address Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Hayes, UB3 1PB
Phone Number 02085691610
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1157 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.4
Local Authority Hillingdon
Percentage Free School Meals 17.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 79.4%
Persisitent Absence 20.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school. Most students are from minority ethnic backgrounds. A large majority of these students speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged students supported by the pupil premium is above the national average. This is additional funding provided to the school for students known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. A few students are disabled or have special educational needs. This is below average compared with other schools. Ten students currently have a statement of special educational needs. Four students are educated in alternative off-site provision. These students are educated at Springboard and Hillingdon Tuition Centre. Given the very small numbers, the specific outcomes for these students are not reported upon. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for achievement and progress at the end of Year 11. Early entry to examinations is not used. The school provides a specialist resource provision for physical disability that caters for up to seven students. The school has a very high proportion of students who enter and leave the school at different times of the academic year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders and governors have successfully improved the quality of teaching and the achievement of students, including for those in the specialist resource provision. Students make at least good progress in English and most other subjects by the end of Key Stage 4. Teaching is consistently good. Teachers know their students well and typically plan suitable activities to develop knowledge and understanding. Students affirm strongly that they feel safe. The school actively promotes a safe culture for learning and living in the wider world. The school has created an atmosphere which is conducive for learning; students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are good. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills are well developed. They actively take on leadership responsibilities in helping the school run more smoothly. The range of extra-curricular activities and trips on offer enhance their learning. Students make good progress in the sixth form, as a result of effective teaching. The sixth form is well led. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The marking of students’ work is not always of a consistently high standard across the school, and within all department areas. Students do not always act upon teachers’ comments to improve their work. There is not enough teaching that is outstanding. This limits the potential of some students, especially the most able, to achieve more. Despite the school’s concerted efforts, students’ attendance is just below average.