Holland Park School

Name Holland Park School
Website http://www.hollandparkschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Airlie Gardens, Campden Hill Road, London, W8 7AF
Phone Number 02079081000
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1389 (49.4% boys 50.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Academy Sponsor Holland Park School
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 17.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 63%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (12 November 2014)
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Information about this school

Holland Park School is a larger than the average-sized secondary academy, with a large sixth form. It converted to become an academy l on 1 September 2013. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be outstanding overall. The academy recruits ten per cent of students each year according to their artistic aptitude. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is much higher than the national average. The largest ethnic group is of mixed ethnic heritage. The next largest group is White British. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is much lower than the national average. The proportion of students at the academy eligible for the pupil premium funding, which is additional funding for disadvantaged students, is almost twice the national average. The academy uses EPIC Golborne Youth Community Centre, Walmer Road School, The Latimer Education Centre and The Portobello Centre as alternative providers. They are used to support a very small number of students. The headteacher provides leadership support to a number of other schools and academies. The academy has recently been awarded Investor in People Gold status. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students, staff and parents are immensely proud to be part of this exceptional academy. Students make outstanding progress in a wide range of subjects and in all year groups. Students’ behaviour is exemplary. Their superb attitudes to learning permeate all lessons and play a key part in their outstanding progress. They feel utterly safe and nurtured. The academy shows excellent practice in the way it safeguards and promotes their well-being. Students’ desire for education has no bounds. They soak up enrichment with relish and seek broader learning at every opportunity. They are confident, curious and always compassionate. Teaching is outstanding and often exceptional. Teachers are confident in their deep rooted subject knowledge and their appetite for further learning is voracious. Teachers’ marking is among the very best. It is rooted in a forensic understanding of their subjects and ensures students make fast, secure progress. The headteacher is an inspiration to all. His relentless drive for improvement touches every single aspect of this wonderful learning community. Leaders and teachers embrace the academy’s commitment to scholastic excellence with vigour. Their determination to challenge each other and all students pervades the entire community. Governors are proud to lead the academy. They are unwavering in their commitment to its continued improvement. They are focused, skilled and assertive in their support and challenge for the academy. A strong moral and spiritual purpose permeates the academy. Students are excited by the huge range of opportunities to extend their learning, inside and outside the classroom. The sixth form is outstanding. The deputy headteacher in charge of the sixth form is an exceptional leader who, with his superb teaching team, leads a sixth form where intellectual endeavour is ‘cool’ and embraced by all.