Heston Community School

Name Heston Community School
Website http://www.hestoncommunityschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 January 2012
Address Heston Road, Heston, Hounslow, TW5 0QR
Phone Number 02085721931
Type Academy
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1252 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.0
Academy Sponsor Heston Community Academy Trust
Local Authority Hounslow
Percentage Free School Meals 16.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 58.7%
Persisitent Absence 11.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about the school

This school is much larger than the average sized secondary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The majority of pupils are from Indian and Pakistani backgrounds; a smaller proportion is White British and Black African. Although the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is high, very few are at an early stage of learning English. The proportions of pupils identified as being disabled or having special educational needs and those with a statement of special educational needs are below average; most of these have hearing and visual impairments and cognitive learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils entering or leaving the school other than at the usual times is higher than the national average for secondary schools. The school is above the current floor standard, whereby the government sets minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school specialises in visual arts and is a trust/foundation school, partnered with the National Deaf Children’s Society and the University of the Arts, London. It provides a range of extended services for pupils and adults living in the local community. The school has gained a number of awards, including the International School award and the Artsmark Gold.

Key findings

This is a good school. The sixth form is satisfactory and improving. The students, parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the quality of education and care. GCSE results have improved year-on-year and are now well above the national average, most notably in English, mathematics and science. In the sixth form, A level results are within the national average. The majority of the teaching is good with some that is outstanding in Years 7 to 11. In some lessons, teachers do not provide activities and tasks with sufficient challenge and, although assessment activities are used in all subjects, they are employed with varying levels of effectiveness to plan learning. In the sixth form, teaching is satisfactory with some that is good. The school provides good quality individual support for disabled students, those who have special educational needs and those who are at an early stage of learning English. As a result, the majority make good progress. Students who do not attend regularly progress well as a result of good mentoring. The school works effectively with external partners to help students stay involved in education. Students behave very well and the vast majority are keen learners. Students from a range of different backgrounds and cultures get on very well together. Previous high levels of exclusions have reduced significantly. The strong emphasis on students’ personal development and aspiration encourages a high number to progress to post-16 education and into appropriate employment and training. The school is currently undertaking a review of the appropriateness of some of the sixth form courses and elements of advice and guidance given to students. The headteacher and his leaders and managers know the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Strong performance management and an extensive programme of professional development for staff have improved the quality of teaching significantly in Years 7 to 11. Close monitoring of all students’ achievement, coupled with effective support, has resulted in rising standards. The governing body is proactive and supports leaders and managers effectively.