Students' achievement is outstanding. All groups of students, including those who have special educational needs or are supported by additional funds, make rapid progress. The quality of teaching is outstanding.
Questions are probing and the tasks set are imaginative and challenging. As a result students are highly engaged in their learning. Students' behaviour is outstanding both in and out of lessons.
Students feel safe, attitudes to learning are excellent and relationships are characterised by respect for all. The sixth form is outstanding. Students make excellent progress at both AS and A level.
Last year 90...% of students progressed to university. Students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. It is a very strong feature in the school's curriculum as well as in all other aspects of the school.
Leadership and management are outstanding, driven by the enthusiastic and inspirational partnership between the principal and executive principal. They are supported by skilled and committed school leaders who help drive improvement relentlessly. Leaders are committed to ensuring all students achieve their highest potential.
The governing body is very effective. It is fully aware of its leadership and management role. Governors work closely with the school and have a very good knowledge and understanding of its priorities.
Information about this school
This is a smaller than average-sized secondary school. The Eltham Foundation School was inspected by Ofsted in February 2012. At that time it was judged to be satisfactory.
It converted to an academy later that year. A very small proportion of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The largest groups represented are of Black African heritage.
The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for looked after children and students known to be eligible for free school meals, is well above average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium is well above average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is about average.
The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress. No students are educated off site.