Harris Westminster Sixth Form

Name Harris Westminster Sixth Form
Website http://www.harriswestminstersixthform.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Steel House, 11 Tothill Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9LH
Phone Number 02037724555
Type Academy
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.1
Academy Sponsor Harris Federation
Local Authority Westminster
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 38%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (04 October 2016)
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Information about the provider

Harris Westminster Sixth Form opened in 2014 and is a free school for students aged 16 to 18. The school is part of the Harris Federation and was formed in partnership with Westminster School. Although located within the London Borough of Westminster, the school recruits students from all over the city from both inner and outer London boroughs. The school is selective; applicants are required to sit an entrance examination and interview, and places are prioritised for students from deprived backgrounds. Over a third of students received free school meals when they were at school. All students are on an academic study programme made up of A level and Cambridge Pre-U qualifications. At the time of the inspection, there were approximately 500 students, 250 in each year of study.

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider Governors and senior leaders have set a clear mission and purpose for the school, which, through the creative vision of the principal, has resulted in an environment in which students thrive within a community of scholars. The principal, senior leaders and staff imbue into their students a passion for learning and the pursuit of academic excellence; students respond enthusiastically to the challenges and aspirations that staff set for them. The school receives excellent support in equal measure from its partnerships with the Harris Federation and Westminster School to promote students’ learning, and from Westminster Abbey staff to develop students’ sense of purpose and community. Governors have a thorough understanding of the school and wholeheartedly support its mission and values; they provide excellent challenge to the leadership team to hold them to account. Teachers are well qualified, enthusiastic and set and achieve very high standards for their students; they are unrelenting in their pursuit of teaching excellence. Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding and students develop, across all the subjects they take, a consistent approach to learning through which they rapidly deepen their understanding of topics taught. Students have a profound understanding and appreciation of how their education is preparing them for future success. Students make excellent progress in their learning; in the majority of subjects their work is of a higher standard than is expected of them given their prior attainment. A high proportion of students gain places at higher education, with around half going to prestigious universities and six going to Oxford or Cambridge. Students benefit from a wide range of thoughtfully designed activities that successfully extend their learning and promote their interest in the world around them; they are very well informed about a wide range of topical and sensitive issues, which they discuss even-handedly and without bias. Students’ behaviour is exemplary; they adhere to high standards of professional presentation in their appearance, behaviour and attitude.